Documentaries

Cambodian Textiles

Tatsuhito Utagawa | Japan

Several years ago, Morimoto was diagnosed with terminal cancer: he has only years, maybe months to live. Consciously, he is approaching the end of his life. Strands of memories from exploring the frontiers of Japan and Indochina flowing through his mind emerge into consciousness. The imagery created from interweaving these When Kikuo Morimoto (68), a kimono artisan from Kyoto arrived in Cambodia after the Cambodian civil war, the culture of weaving traditional Cambodian textiles was on the verge of extinction.strands from Morimoto’s memories with life in his textile-weaving village reveals Morimoto’s innermost feelings. Cambodian Textiles is a documentary film that follows both Morimoto, the terminally ill patient, and life in his textile-weaving village for over two years.

Living with Walls

Sherif Fathy Salem | Παλαιστίνη

Fears, Hopes and Blues of Citizens forced to live with Walls of Separation

The Other Side of Everything

Mila Turajlic | Serbia, France, Qatar

A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.

The Legend of the Ugly King

Hüseyin Tabak | Germany, Austria

They called him The Ugly King! A myth, a hero, a film legend. Who was Yilmaz Güney? A highly talented director? A revolutionary? A murderer? A genius or a lunatic? Young director Hüseyin Tabak is searching for answers by conducting research for a script about the Kurdish filmmaker from Turkey. Güney was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison. Mainly for political reasons but also for murdering a judge. He started making movies from jail. His most famous film YOL won the Palme d‘Or in 1982. Tabak visits different countries where he meets with Güney‘s family, his actors, prestigious filmmakers such as Michael Haneke and Costa Gavras, former inmates and people on the streets for whom Güney is still a hero. But the deeper Hüseyin digs, the more the legendary Ugly King appears human and vulnerable.

Mother Derdo and the Walnut Tree

Serdar Onal | Turkey, Armenia

An Armenian woman from Bitlis, Mother Derdo, has emigrated to Istanbul following the death of her husband to build a new life to herself. Each year, she travels to her home village where she stays for a while, harvests walnuts, and returns to Istanbul. The walnut tree is like a reflection of Mother Derdo-standing tall, keeping a memory.

Hermana

Enver Arcak | Turkey

One of the earliest Jewish community in Anatolia is located in Ankara. Their history goes back to 2nd Century BC. The following periods' migrations in 15th Century from Spain-Portugal to Anatolia and the later periods that in 20th Century the community has reached on the highest population in Ankara. The documentary presents the communities untold history from Helenistic period to Ottoman period that is focused on 20th Century social and economic life of the community with the the interviews with migrated people from Ankara to İstanbul and the various cities of Israel.

Kalimera from Beirut

George Eid | Lebanon

Before 1975 and way before Lebanon was changed forever, there was a time when this small country was regarded as the Jewel of the middle-east: a safe haven for those running from the cruelty of War or looking for a land to settle down and invest in.
In 1922, thousands of Greek refugees found their way to the shores of Beirut. Many of them fled from Turkey while others came on foot along with the Armenians of Izmir and Alexandrite.

The Fairs

Ioanna Neofitou | Greece

The Fairs, is a 2-channel video documentary, presenting the story of two villages, Ayia Marina and Kossovitsa, separated by the border line between Albania and Greece. The video traces the story of this separation through the summer fairs that since 1990 unifies again the inhabitants in a revelry.

A tree remembers

Kostas Follas | Greece

This is the story of Lidice, leveled and – literally – eradicated by the Nazis in retaliation for the murder of Reinhard Heydrich, in 1942. However, despite the heavy death toll it paid, the Czech village –twinned with Distomo– not only was not erased from the map but constitutes a symbol in the fight against Fascism.

From Africa with love - Greekethiopics

Christina Vazou | Greece, Ethiopia

The documentary presents issues of dual ethnic heritage and brings topics of strength, identity, and difference to the fore.

Where do you belong when, being of Greek descend and a graduate of the Greek High School in Addis Ababa, you arrive in Greece and they consider you different?

Why is it difficult for you to obtain the Greek nationality when both your given name and surname are Greek?

The Greek community in Ethiopia at its peak numbered 4000 people. In 1975, most left due to political changes. Today, more than 300 people of Greek origin live in Ethiopia.

New Era

Pegi Zouti | Greece

A documentary about the shadow theatre and its struggle through the years of crisis.
How the modern pupeteers initiate the old art of shadow theatre, attempting to support their profession in the field of entertainment, reflecting technology and the digital age.

The Balcony - Memories of Occupation

Hrisanthos Konstantinidis | Greece

The story of a Nazi crime in the village of Ligiades, the so-called “Balcony of Ioannina.” A German historian researches the German archives. He also records the survivors’ testimonies on tape. The post-war generations listen for the first time to their ancestors’ voices describing the crime. Documents, memories and mourning interweave and compose the collective trauma.

Prohibited Visit

Nikos Theodosiou | Greece, Spain

A pilgrimage to Las Hurdes (Extremadura, Spain) looking for the footsteps of Luis Bunuel and the traces of the people.

Flowers Fade Early Kakopetros, August 28th, 1944

Matthaios Frantzeskakis & Viki Arvelaki | Greece

Dawn of August 28, 1944. Crete. During occupation the German conquerors surround the small village called Kakopetros, located today in the Municipality of Platanias in Chania. In the afternoon when they depart, Nazis leave 23 dead people behind. They also leave empty, looted houses, and the souls of the people of this village, eternally wounded. Five survivors open their chest of fragile memories and remember what happened at that rainy Monday. They recall the facts and share how painful their life was the following years.

The Great Fire of Salonica: Birth of a City

Grigoris Vardarinos | Greece

Thessaloniki was burned to the ground in August 1917 amidst WWI. A single spark from an unattended fireplace in a refugee’s shack next to the city walls will bring havoc to the metropolis and its multinational inhabitants. From the ashes a new city will rise, modern, ambitious and cut off from her multicultural past. 32 hours the fire raged burning half of the city and all of its commercial district. 9,500 buildings were burned and destroyed. 70,000 citizens were left roofless. 52,000 Jews, 11,000 Muslims and 10,000 Christians. It is the beginning of the end for the thriving Jewish community.

Solon, taksimi in the time

Yannis Adrimis | Greece

Solon Lekkas born in 1946 at“Pigi” of Lesvos, is a particular case of amateur self-taught singer. He sings traditional songs of Mytilene, Asia Minor as well as amané songs. Solon, bricklayer and stonemason by profession, he represents a time lost and with his distinctive voice he sings about it and generously offers it to future generations, he takes us close to the temporal earthly human pain singing his amané, preserving musical treasures that are grafted in the soil of the island and in the northeastern Aegean in general.

Border Souls

Takis Bardakos | Greece

From the absurdity of the war and the refugee tragedy to the dramatic passage from the Aegean to the northern border of Greece, the pitiable of Edomeni ΄s camp becomes “Europe’s shame”. When Europe closes its borders to Greece trapping the impoverished refugees, they become invisible to the outside world. They become the “Border Souls.” But hours away from the mayhem, one peaceful man, elder Christodoulos and the nuns of the monastery, unite with the surrounding villages of Halkidiki to share their generosity and solidarity to the isolated refugees, illuminating the capacity of a crisis-ridden society to change the world with fewer words and more action..