Interviewing Apostolidis of CITIZEN EUROPE

Citizen Europe


Citizen Europe

Direction – Screenplay: Aggeliki Aristomenopoulou, Andreas Apostolidis

Production: Rea Apostolidi, Yuri Averof, Cédric Bonin, Pascaline Geoffroy, Rachel Lysaght & Martichka Bozhilova

Duration: 72’

Country of production: Greece, France, Ireland 2019

Α cinematic journey to the heart of Europe through the life-changing experiences of young people participating in the most ambitious mobility programme of our time, Erasmus. Five young people leave their countries to travel across Europe under the Erasmus programme. Within one year they are exposed to different mindsets, they acquire new skills and discover the open wounds of the EU. A coming-of-age story of the new generation of young Europeans who will define the future of the continent.

The movie will be screened in Kalamata on Sunday, January 26th at 4:30 pm. Interview of Andreas Apostolidis by Sevasti Mouteveli, freshman student at the Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management of the University of Peloponnese under the cooperation of the institution with the 6th Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival.

Have you participated in any Erasmus programme?

“Personally I have not, but my daughter and most of her friends had very positive experiences.”

How did you inspire to make a documentary about the Erasmus programme?

“The making of the documentary began after the proposition of ARTE, the Franco-German channel, so as to combine the presentation of the Erasmus programme with the analysis of the European crisis across all European countries (i.e. North-South, East-West).”

Do you believe that Erasmus could address to older people through their work?

“Erasmus could easily address to older people as a second round of exchanging experiences and training, but at the moment it might be a luxury.”

Does Erasmus support the idea that young people should stay at their country even without ideal conditions or that they should travel and settle to other countries?

“Erasmus as a programme does not support anything .It is the policy of each state that takes decisions” What Erasmus has to offer is the possibility to work abroad or to work on better terms on home soil.”

What is your opinion on the refugee crisis in Greece and how do you think that the Erasmus programme could contribute to it through the freedom it offers?

“Erasmus could only contribute indirectly in the refugee crisis by exchanging experiences and by offering jobs in support centres”

Could you propose ways through which you believe that the Erasmus culture could be introduced to schools and therefore get to be more accepted by teachers and parents?

A good example could be the screening of the educational version of the documentary in schools, as well as the systematic information about the possibilities offered and the participation in the programme itself.










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