Linda Zervakis was born to Greek parents in Hamburg. After finishing her A-levels she worked as a copywriter for a well-known advertising agency. She’s been working as an editor and news reader for NDR since 2001 and has been reading the 8 o’clock evening news on ARD since 2013. Linda Zervakis lives with her family in Hamburg.
ETSIKIETSI: IN SEARCH OF MY ROOTS
Where you come from is a lottery!
As troubling television pictures from Greece reach the Zervakis family, Linda is setting out on a journey with her mother, Chrissi. It seems like a journey back in time. Once, Chrissi Zervakis wanted to leave her Greek village behind, but her father, Kostas, forbade her from leaving to attend drama school in Thessaloniki. Instead, she was to learn how to be a housewife, to improve her chances of finding a husband. If all else failed, it would have to be an arranged marriage. Forget the dream and back to real life with a bump. Chrissi kept diaries detailing her painful experiences, which Linda comes across one day under a pile of crocheted tablecloths. Both mother and daughter realise that Linda is fulfilling Chrissi’s dreams and has more Greek spirit in her than she could have known...