Tributes 2017

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  1. Screenings for the broad public
  1. Τhe wound that needs to be healed – an exploration of the spanish-moroccan border around ceuta. Vincent Förster , Germany 22/1 with the presence of the director
  2. Ketermaya. Lucas Jedrzejak , Great Britain   28/1 with the presence of the director
  3. Dyab. Mazin Sherabayani ,   Great Britain   29/1
  4. Humanity is Migrating . Enea Gega , Turkey 22/1 & 24/1 with the presence of the director
  5. This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees. Mani Y. Benchelah, Lebanon- Switzerland 29/1
  6. Libera Espressione. Μanuele Mandolesi. , Italy 24/1
  7. Women for Justice – A story about the power of solidarity. Sybille Fazer & Daniel Burkholz, Germany 21/1 with the presence of the directors
  8. “Janus’s Legacy: Refugee Passage to Europe”. Dimitris Papageorgiou, Greece, with the presence of the director
  9. Screenings in the educational zone, for students from 8 to 18 years old

Ketermaya. Lucas Jedrzejak, Great Britain   27/1 discussion with the director

Dyab. Mazin Sherabayani, Great Britain   23/1

Humanity is Migrating . Enea Gega , Turkey 24/1 discussion with the director

This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees. Mani Y. Benchelah , Lebanon Switzerland 23/1

a. After the screening or the documentary Ketermaya, we will be connected through skype with the refugee camp of ketermaya in Lebanon in order to μέσω give the chance to the greek students to communicate and discuss with the children in the camp.

b. After the screening of the film This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees, discussion with Apostolos Karakassis Professor of the University of Thessaloniki, Cinema department.

c.After the screening of the film Humanity is Migrating discussion with director Enea Gega

  1. Open discussion – round table

Human Rights, children refugees- solidarity mouvements.

Participants of the round table Tony Kahouche director of Photography from Lebanon ,Al Tafech- founder of the refugee camp Ketermaya in Lebanon, Lucas Jedrzejak-film director from Great Britain, Yiannis Dirakis- journalist and film critic, Jason Pipinis journalist and Dimitris Christopoulos- President of the International Committee for Human Rights. Every child has rights, no matter who they are or where they live. Right to education, protection and survival. Almost every government in the world has promised to protect, respect and fulfill these rights, but every day they are violated. As thousands of children refugees continue to flee from Syria and other countries’ rights as access to basic education seem a luxury.Under this perspective will turn the discussion focusing on refugee children who have lost their basic rights and solidarity movements that contribute positively or negatively

4. Photography exhibition entitled «I have a dream…..» Portraits of refugee children that through their testimonies, written in captions, declare their dream. In cooperation with Photography Club of Kalamata


portrait_gandhiJanuary 30th. Anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi politician, thinker, meditator, and a defender of peace and human rights.

Mahatma Gandhi was an international symbol for human rights whose personal dedication to nonviolent resistance inspired generations. Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India, Mahatma Gandhi studied law and advocated for the civil rights of Indians, both at home under British rule and in South Africa. Mahatma Gandhi was the primary leader of India’s independence movement and also the architect of a form of non-violent civil disobedience that would influence the world.He was killed by a fanatic in 1948. Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse, upset at Gandhi’s tolerance of Muslims, knelt before the Mahatma before pulling out a semiautomatic pistol and shooting him three times at point-blank range. The violent act took the life of a pacifist who spent his life preaching non-violence

During the tribute 4 documentaries will be screened

Finding Happiness by Ted Nicolaou 97’

Illuminating a joyful life that seems a distant dream to most people, the new film Finding Happiness reveals productive lifestyles filled with peace, harmony, compassion and love. The inspiring film shows us what is possible as we glimpse into the lives of hundreds of fulfilled people living in an enlightened community called Ananda Village in Northern California, one of nine such communities worldwide.

The Story of Gitanjali – Reba Som 30’

It is known that Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his work Gitanjali. When he was awarded the Nobel Prize, Gitanjali was the only literary work was written in the English language by the poet. However, the Nobel committee bypassing writers like Thomas Hardy presented the award to Tagore. The documentary reveals the fascinating story of Rabindranath Tagore and talks about the dramatic circumstances that made Gitanjali work to make history.

Mahatma A great soul of the 20th century , by Vitalbhai K. Jhaveri   47’

Τhe film ‘Mahatma — A Great Soul of 20th Century’ is a documentary film which records the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and his social, political and spiritual influence on the country during pre and post independence times.

FROM FOREIGNER TO FOREIGNER. Demetrios Galanos, Benares.” By Yiannis Tritsibidas 50’
A film about Demetrios Galanos the Athenian, a significant Greek scholar of the 18th century (1760 – 1833) who loved India deeply, spent his life and died in Benares, Shiva’s holy town on the Ganges river, where the film was shot.
The film refers also to the main ideas of Hinduism through the happenings in Benares, specialists’ interviews and Galanos’ translations of important Sanskrit texts.

The tribute will close with Sitar concert by Nekterios Mitritsakis

Awarded movies from documentary festival: “Visions du reel” in Switzerland

Monday 30th of January at 15.00. place:”Theodoros Aggelopoulos” Auditorium

Sit and Watch, Matthew Barton, Francisco Forbes,United Kingdom, 2016, 37’
Like an audiovisual fresco of the modern city – in this case, London – Sit and Watch adopts the form of “channel-hopping” revolving around different emblematic situations: parliamentary sessions, a guided boat tour, surveillance videos for a bus, a couple exhibiting their sexual frolics on the internet, a religious meeting and a boxing club. A portrait is thus drawn, through these various scenarios, of a world that stages itself, over-mediatised and dystopian, in which the individual strives in vain to find their place. Making the most of the serial effect of a device inspired by the small screen(s), this is a film that reflects, through delicate touches and with great skill, a society of spectacle which, between rhyme and irony, chooses the headlong rush, through politics and the media. A film that is as enjoyable as it is anxiety inducing, anchored in a resolutely contemporary discourse.
Samir in the Dust, Mohamed Ouzine,France, Algeria, Qatar, 2015, 61’
In a mountainous and arid region, Samir lives off oil smuggling. He trans- ports the merchandise on the back of a mule from his Algerian village to the Moroccan border. Filmed by his uncle, Samir gradually reveals his aspirations, and his desire for a different life. He has resigned himself and seems, a little paradoxically, via a complex connection with the region where he grew up, to be imprisoned by the horizon.This portrait of Samir finds its reflection, in the negative, in that of the director Mohamed Ouzine, and his equally ambiguous, although opposing, relationship with this territory. He lives in France, and has come back to these lands to find answers, to understand where he comes from. The camera’s fascination for the landscapes is met by the incomprehension of Samir, who sees in them only sand and rocks. Impressionist images draw a line between the two, leading from the shadows to the light, from the trivial to the sublime, and perhaps reveal what keeps Samir, in spite of everything, in the infiniteness of these landscapes.
I’m Not from Here,Maite Alberdi, Giedré Žickyté,Chile, Lithuania, Denmark, 2016, 26’
In a retirement home whose daily life is punctuated with trivia, the petulant Josebe, age 88, dwells on childhood memories. She looks back with nostalgia on many moments, from slow dances in her beloved town of Errenteria (near San Sebastian) to meeting her nationalist husband. Then sometimes she suddenly expresses herself in Basque and notes, with a certain perplexity, that her interlocutors do not seem to understand her. Lost in the mists of time, she now lives in Chile and is striving to resist, with touching pride, the fragility of the body and a memory that is fading. « I’m not from Here» draws the poignant portrait of a Spanish generation that emigrated to Chile and is about to disappear.