The 6th Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival returns!
The creative initiative of the Creative Documentary Center that became an institution, will also start this year with Kalamata as the epicenter, while part of the program will be presented in 8 other cities of the Peloponnese: Patra, Argos, Tripoli, Sparti, Dimitsana, Amaliada and Xilokastro. The festival will kick off on January 17th with the launch movie of the highly acclaimed Dolphin Man by Lefteris Haritos. Κέντρου Δημιουργικού Ντοκιμαντέρ που έγινε θεσμός, θα ξεκινήσει και φέτος με επίκεντρο την Kalamata, ενώ μέρος του προγράμματος θα παρουσιαστεί σε άλλες 8 πόλεις της Πελοποννήσου: Πάτρα, Άργος, Τρίπολη, Σπάρτη, Δημητσάνα, Γύθειο, Αμαλιάδα και Ξυλόκαστρο. Το Φεστιβάλ θα σηκώσει αυλαία στις 17 Ιανουαρίου, με ταινία έναρξης το πολυβραβευμένο .. του Λευτέρη Χαρίτου.
For 10 days, the public will embrace the world through 96 creations from 28 countries, with 34 pan-Hellenic premieres. During the festival, 49 foreign and 25 Greek films and 22 educational documentaries will be screened. This year, a special tribute to the Environment, will be held, in collaboration with the organization Mediterranean SOS, National Geographic Greece and the Hellenic Society for the Environment and Culture, which will host the exhibition of the exceptional Russian photographer and director Vlad Sokhin, who will exhibit 34 works, with a theme "The Impact of Climate Change". At the same time, the competition section on Equality continues, with a jury of Brazilian director and activist Iara Lee, director Stella Theodorakis and Dutch award-winning director Robert Rombout.
Many of this year's award-winning films will be screened by their directors, such as the German Starting with Fragments by Omar Shalash and Robert Dobe about the death of journalist Tamer Alawam in Syria, the shocking Zero Impunity for the impunity of sexual assaults in times of war, by Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies, as well as the Dutch Mrs. Faber by Job Tichelman and Hjalmar Timilmer, about the life of a married truck driver who decides to live as a woman.
The purpose of the Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival is, to introduce the public to the world's current production of documentary films, as well as, to bring the young audience in touch with the experience of the creative process, as well as the relationship between image and poetry. In this context, the Festival launches two new collaborations: with the Film School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which will bring again Robert Rombout to Kalamata, who will lead a group of students in the creation of a modular work, as well as with Theatrical Studies Department of the University of Peloponnisos, where the students will watch and evaluate the Greek contest films of the Festival and give their own prize. The Festival also renews its collaboration with the Athens School of Fine Arts, inviting a group of Postgraduate students to attend a video art production seminar under the direction of Iara Lee, while a montage seminar by Dimo Petkov from Bulgaria will also be held. The Department of Cultural Management of the Peloponnisos University will be actively participating for the second year, with freshmen students undertaking a series of interviews with foreign directors, which they will present to regional media. The films created by the students as part of the seminars, will be screened on the last day of the Festival.
Actions are also planned for elementary and high school students, through two seminars by Stephania Charitou: one will be about creating images and sounds with a mobile phone as a tool and the second about informing regarding the environmental footprint of electronic devices. Finally, there will be a seminar for residents of the city by director and producer Kyriakos Hatzimichailidis.
The Festival will proceed this year and for the first time on an important collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messinia and Larisa, in order for the first screening of the documentary, for the 8.000 years of civilization of Thessaly’s capital city, Larisa the Pelasgia in the course of Centuries by Kleoni Flessa, to take place at the Archaeological Museum of Messinia.
All screenings will take place at the “Theodoros Aggelopoulos” auditorium, at the Workers Center of Kalamata, as always with free admission.