The films of the Educational Zone 2020

By Jakes Jordaan, Johnny Beechler

An inspiring global team of shark experts and conservationists, dominated by strong, smart and independent women, join forces and follow a migratory route of the Great White sharks.There is not an animal we fear more, and understand less, than the Great White shark. Once home of the highest population of Great White sharks in the world, the cold and stormy South African waters are almost void of Great Whites.What are the mysteries underlying their disappearance? What are the consequences of their near extinction?Are there solutions?  

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This film takes a fresh look at the world of Alexander the Great, via material and artistic remains of ancient Macedonian civilization. Through a new perspective the actor Jonathan Hostier, reincarnates Alexander the Great, giving him voice and contemporary breath. The film is punctuated by extracts from Laurent Gaudé’s "The Blue Tiger of the Euphrates”, in an attempt to understand the world of Alexander and the inner motives which led him to the expedition that changed the world.



By George Zervas
A documentary film about the ancient theater of Ancient Messina, with Prof. Petros Themelis as our guide.

By Paula S. Apsell 52' USA

An ancient analog computer designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. It was recovered in 1900–01 from the Antikythera wreck, a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The instrument has been designed and constructed by Greek scientists and dated between 150 to 100 BC. Technological artifacts approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks began to be built in Western Europe.

By Damien Marti & Chloé Seyssel, Switzerland, 2017, 35’ 

This is the story of a young woman for whom "Anything is possible" is not simply a saying, this is a reality she lives every day. Celine was a 16 years old rider in the SwissNational Equestrian team when she had a dramatic accident. In a coma for weeks, she awoke without the ability to speak or to walk. How do you reclaim your body after a traumatic injury? How do you live with an handicap? How strong is your passion, which gives you the energy to rise above your limitations?

Των Jannik Hastrup–Flemming Quist Møller (πρώτες τάξεις δημοτικού)

Dagmar the dancing mosquito has the hots for Egon. But Egon, putting love on hold, is busy achieving the ultimate sprint on his bike and wants to see the world. When wicked red ant queen Dominella and her soldiers kill the black ant queen and take over her heap, our heroes are drawn into an exciting forest floor drama that puts their friendship to the test and forces them to use their talents to the utmost

Dubbed for kindergarten and primary school children δημοτικού.

By Nikos Megrelis

Two volunteer doctors return to Eidomeni and remember.

The director will be present as well as a doctor from the Doctors of the World organization.

Marco d’Agostino is in charge of the venetian’s lagoon archeological survey. On the 20th of June 2001, he located by eight metres of depth, a wreck which could be a galea, the emblematic Venetian Republic’s ship, when it controlled the luxury trade from the Far east to the West of the globe. The history of these exceptional excavations, which for a whole lagoon’s area will be drawn, will allow us to live again the three golden centuries of “Serenissima”.


Who discovered Knossos first? Was the mysterious building that the English Arthur Evans discovered really a palace? Who was sitting on the famous “Throne of Minoas?” What role did the myth of Minotaur play in the history of the discovery and the interpretation of the well-known archeological site? What was the labyrinth after all? The documentary presents the hidden aspects of the story of Knossos from antiquity until today, posing questions about the nature of the archeological interpretation. Through the example of the unknown first excavator, and Arthur Evans, with his ambiguous work, it examines the mechanisms of history and the subjectivity of the recording. In this way it poses questions regarding our relationship with the past and the possibility of the objective perception of it. Is, perhaps, the past a personal “Labyrinth” for each one of us in which we seek some “thread” of meaning about life?
The documentary, among other things, presents for the first time documents and maps which changed the story of the discovery of Knossos. It contains interviews with Greek and English archeologists, like Joseph Alexander MacGillivray, biographer of Evans “Minotaur” which triggered reactions

By Jeff Orlowski

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

By Raul Lopez, Susana Soldado

In 2015, more than 500.000 refugees came ashore on the Greek island of Lesvos in search of asylum. Still today, refugees and locals are forced to share a territory that is also home of creative solutions to employment and environmental challenges.

2017, Kieran Kolle

In Norway, 25% of the food that is found in the market ends up in dumpsters. Four young activists start a campaign for change by deciding to ride their bikes from North Cape all the way to the south of the country and eating nothing but expired food from supermarkets. A shocking experiment that challenges our way of living in “advanced” Western countries.

By Pandora Mouriki

We, the society of humans, are used to saying: We and Nature. How valid is this though? Are we perhaps one with Nature and not beside it or just opposite to it? The documentary film Days of the Lake, which evolves around the Lake Kerkini, approaches the common route of the ecosystem and of the inhabitants of the villages near the lake. The central person is Panagiotis Chatzigiannidis who was born, lives and works in Kerkini. We see through his eyes, we follow his and the society’s reaction, the various faces of the lake, draining at wintertime, and filling up in spring, the birds, the plants and the trees, the people in a never-ending reunion, agonizing and beneficial too. Fullness and loss, a thread that connects Kerkini with its people.

By John Capener

 ‘A Life among Monkeys’ tells the story of Smithsonian primatologist, Dr Wolfgang Dittus, through the unfolding narrative of the lives of the toque macaques monkeys, living among the spectacular ruins of an ancient temple in the heart of the Sri Lankan jungle. A co-production of Terra Mater Factual Studios and Smithsonian Networks produced by Keo West Ltd. (Terra Mater)
Έχει καταγράψει τις ζωές 5.000 μαϊμούδων εδώ και πάνω από 50 χρόνια.

In short entertaining animation movies, archaeology experts will have you understand how scientists conjecture reality from elements that the inexperienced eye would consider meaningless or undecipherable.

The film is dubbed in Greek. For children up to 2nd Grade

Located in the middle of one of the driest places on earth, the civilization of Petra left behind spectacular monuments carved into the sandstone cliffs. We now know that a prosperous and cultivated city of nearly 30,000 people stretched out from the base of the mountains, and that water was abundant. Petra, the capital of the Nabataean kingdom built more than 2000 years ago, is the paradoxical work of desert nomads. Who were the Nabataeans? Why did they choose this inhospitable site for their capital? How did they master the environment and its meagre resources to build a large city in the middle of the desert and manage food and water for such a large population? Where did they find the materials and technical expertise to construct these monuments that equaled those of Rome and Alexandria? What are these monuments and why or for whom were they built in the desert? The number of archaeological excavations in Petra has increased in the last fifteen years, but also in sites located 500 kilometers farther south, in Hegra (Meda’in Saleh) in Saudi Arabia, another large site characterized by similar rock-cut monuments. The history of Petra, as well as that of the people who built and lived there for nearly 800 years, are gradually emerging from the sand.

Producer: ZED – Co-producers: PROVIDENCE PICTURES, ARTE, NOVA.

By Sandrine Feydel

Every km of ocean now contains an average of 74,000 pieces of plastic. A 'plastic soup' of waste, killing hundreds of thousands of animals every year and leaching chemicals slowly up the food chain. In Holland, scientists found plastic in the stomachs of 95% of all fulmar birds. In Germany, plastic has been found to affect the reproductive systems of animals, while in the US, conservationists are seeing increasing numbers of dolphins die in agony, their guts blocked with rubbish.
What will be the long term impact of this 'plastic pollution'? Can anything be done to clean up our oceans?

NOVA Wonders guides the audience to a trip on the borders of science, where researchers deal with some of the biggest questions in life and the universe. In this episode we examine if we can understand what the animals think.

By Marie-Anne Sorra, Jean-Marc Cazenave, France, 2016

7000 years ago, people from the Atlantic shores erected thousands of big standing stones, on which they carved mysterious signs. A international team of scientists led by the French archaeologist Serge Cassen, succeeded in deciphering this symbolic language engraved in the stone. Between history and myth, those ancient signs tell us a common story to all Atlantic cultures during Prehistory: the story of the first sailors ever…


NOVA guides the audience in a tour of a Mathematics mystery – in a daring exploration of the amazing force of Mathematics through the centuries. We discover the signature of mathematics in the vortex of a shell – Nautilus, in the vortex of a galaxy, and in the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Mathematics has been necessary for anything, from the first wireless radio transmissions, to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs particle, and the successful landing of Rover Mars. But from where does their power derive? The astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a team of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers monitor mathematics from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, where everything leads to the absolute mystery: Is mathematics an invention or a discovery?

By Fisher Stevens

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.

By Britton Caillouette / USA 2018 |  45’

What would you do to protect the last wild rivers in your own country from destruction? The film "Blue Heart" shows people in Albania, Bosnia and Croatia fighting to save their rivers and their habitats - the last untouched, free-flowing river systems in Europe and home of the endangered Balkan lynx.... The aim of the film and the "Blue Heart" project is to raise public awareness worldwide of the massive and long-term negative effects of an unreflected hydropower boom in the Balkans. More than 3,000 dams, often without the local population having a say, are planned or under construction in the Balkans. 91% of these planned projects will generate little energy (less than 10 megawatts), although they are very expensive to build and maintain. 

By Juan Carlos Guerra, Spain, 2017

Coexistence shows the relationship that arise between a group of young people with cerebral palsy and students of a secondary school. An enriching and supportive initiative, but at the same time a challenge.

By Cesare Maglioni

Carlos, a Basque plastic artist, likes surfing in his own beach. When he gets out from the water, he uses to pick up some pieces of plastic litter, which he finds between the rocks, and to bring them to his workshop. One day, he realizes he has accumulated a lot of thrash, litter with different ages and origins, which got the common trait offending into the same beach. Little by little, Carlos starts to raise his own awareness and to research why and how these materials reach the ocean. At the very same time, as to express his frustration, with this accumulated thrash he starts to create a series of art pieces. Traveling through the coast, Carlos will understand that to change the situation, it is necessary to change what happens inside one own self, of his own automatic habits.

By Aggelos Kovotsos 

The documentary refers to the Viper of Milos, the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta and the brown bear, as examples of wild animals of the Greek nature that their populations are at risk and for this reason are protected.

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