Kalamata ShortDocs

Creative Documentary Center


Friday, 08 April 2022 - Sunday, 17 April 2022

Cultural Center of Kalamata
Αριστομένους 33, Καλαμάτα 241 00
Phone: 2721022376
Contact person: Κέντρο Δημιουργικού Ντοκιμαντέρ / CDC

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  • Margreth OlinKatja HøgsetEspen Wallin

    Self Portrait

    Director  Margreth Olin Katja Høgset Espen Wallin - Country: Norway

    Lene (33) suffers from severe anorexia. Since the age of ten she has been hiding from the Norwegian Health Care System. Then she taught herself the art of photography. The film is a portrait of an artist and a portrait of a deadly disease. During the last years, Lene Marie Fossen became recognized as a world-class photographer. She has been s...

  • Anastasis Dallis


    Director  Anastasis Dallis - Country: Greece

    The film narrates four real personal stories; the stories of four people in today’s Greece, who, for several reasons, haven’t been open with their parents about their sexual preferences. These stories are presented through the anonymous letters they write to their parents, as a way of expressing their thoughts. The film explores the subjects ...

  • Vania Turner, Maria Sidiropoulou


    Director  Vania Turner, Maria Sidiropoulou - Country: Greece

    Christina shares a room with her brother, helps her mother with the housework, and yearns more than anything to gain her independence. Vera is insecure about her weight and longs for acceptance, while also yearning for a more inclusive world. And Nefeli discovers feminism and stops hanging out with boys, while she escaped through books and so...

  • Rob Lemkin

    African Apocalypse

    Director  Rob Lemkin - Country: United Kingdom

    A young man’s epic journey across Africa in search of a colonial killer. Armed with a copy of Conrad’s classic novel, British-Nigerian Oxford University student Femi Nylander goes in search of the meaning and legacy of colonial horror in West Africa. He discovers the unknown story of a French army captain, Paul Voulet, who descended into uns...

  • María Lobo, Roi Guitián

    Indebted To All Women

    Director  María Lobo, Roi Guitián - Country: Spain

    Abortion in El Salvador is punished with 20-40 years in prison. Indebted to All Women wants to give voice to those women suffering and struggling to change one of the most restrictive law in the world for sexual & reproductive rights.

  • Tamara Dawit

    Finding Sally

    Director  Tamara Dawit - Country: Canada

    Finding Sally tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. Idealistic and in love, Sally got caught up in her country’s revolutionary fervour and landed on the military government’s most wanted list. She went underground and her famil...

  • Giorgos PaterakisDanis Karaisaridis

    A Beautiful Day

    Director  Giorgos Paterakis Danis Karaisaridis - Country: Greece

    The portrait two self-organised pedagogical projects in Greece, which use a combination of alternative educational methods. “The Little Tree” in Thessaloniki operates on the values of libertarian education, experiential learning and collective decision-making, while in the forest school “Little World” on Lesbos island local and refugee childr...

  • Stephane Santini Geraldine Andre


    Director  Stephane Santini  Geraldine Andre - Country: Switzerland

    War, emergency, pandemics and hunger. Humanitarian workers are used to working in the most varied and extreme missions and contexts across the planet. Forty humanitarian workers and their loved ones did just that, speaking without reserve about the risk, the commitment, the first mission, the sense of powerlessness, the encounters, the passio...

  • Sue CarpenterBelmaya Nepali

    I Am Belmaya

    Director  Sue Carpenter Belmaya Nepali - Country: United Kingdom

    Belmaya, dominated from all quarters, is desperate for independence. But in Nepal, men still rule and women obey. When Belmaya was 14 years old, was keen to change her discriminatory world through photography but that window closed when the home locked away her camera.Now she grasps the chance to train in documentary filmmaking training. But ...

  • Martin Skalsky


    Director  Martin Skalsky - Country: Iran

    Asho is a shepherd child who is interested in cinema and acting. He is busy with his herd and challenging with his, but at the same time with his passion for Hollywood cinema and acting, his life mixes with his dreams. Asho and a girl, who are supposed to marry from childhood )a tradition of their village), try to ignore their loves to each o...

  • Christos Barbas

    Through the Window Glass, Three Acts

    Director  Christos Barbas - Country: Greece

    In May 2020, during the first Greek lockdown, the staff and residents of a nursing home in Agios Stefanos, north of Athens, experienced an additional and simultaneous confinement for two months after sealing off the unit as a precaution. This was a unique action at national and European level, and perhaps even globally up to then.

  • Martin Skalsky

    Cody - The dog days are over

    Director  Martin Skalsky - Country: Switzerland

    The romanian stray dog Cody changes the life of a young family after being adopted to Switzerland. His behaviour makes them start to think about the existential questions in terms of how we as humans treat animals in general. Are we capable to give animals rights? What would it mean if we’d decided to do so? Would it have an effect on the mos...

  • Yorgos Arvanitis

    The Journey of Askavlos

    Director  Yorgos Arvanitis - Country: Greece

    Following the ancient Greek bagpipe, "The Journey of Askavlos" takes the viewer on a journey from stone-built villages, where the instrument’s origins lie, to the concrete jungles of modern towns and cities. He becomes a witness to this revival and discovers a thing almost lost: the customs and an ethos of a people of another era, and an oral...

  • Smaragda Nitsopoulou

    Death under control

    Director  Smaragda Nitsopoulou - Country: Greece

    Why does someone choose to work in professions that are directly related to death and its rituals? While exploring the historic A' cemetery of Athens, 5 workers of death, take us on a trip to their unique work-life and help us set death under control.

  • Dionusia Kopana

    The Trace of Time

    Director  Dionusia Kopana - Country: Greece

    The Trace of Time is a film about time, memory, nostalgia. A film about the beauty of archeology and excavation through the post-mortem portrait of archeologist Yannis Sakellarakis. A journey in search of a man who is no longer present, through the trace he left in the places he had been to, and the people he met. A cinematic excavation that ...

  • Reetta Huhtanen

    Gods of Molenbeek

    Director  Reetta Huhtanen - Country: Finland

    The Molenbeek district of Brussels. A believed jihadi capital to some but familiar home to the 6-year-old boys Aatos and Amine. This is where they listen to spiders, discover black holes and quarrel over who gets to command the flying carpet that is to take them to the lands of their ancestors. They live in the same building yet come from dif...

  • Mary Bouli

    Go, Look, Listen

    Director  Mary Bouli - Country: Greece

    Can a blind person see the Acropolis? Can a deaf person hear the sound of the sea? Are museums in Greece accessible to each and every one? Go Look Listen is a documentary about the issue of accessibility in Greece and how persons with disabilities experience reality. They share their thoughts and express their demands not only from ...

  • Louise Heem


    Director  Louise Heem - Country: France

    Jean was adopted in Paraguay in 1987 when he was a few months old. He’s been living in the North of France since then. He’s been thinking since his adolescence to go back to his native country in order to look for his biological mother. After numerous doubts due to his fear that his mother might refuse to see him, Jean finally decided to look...

  • David Klammer


    Director  David Klammer - Country: Germany

    Barricade is a documentary on the occupation of the Dannenrod Forest in Hessen, which was evicted in Dec 2020. It shows the live of the activists in the forest and the treehouses, they´ve build up to 30 meter high in the branches, but mainly their fight for a better climate in the future. With their hearts and guts.

  • Deng Wei


    Director  Deng Wei - Country: China

    Filmmaker Deng Wei’s grandfather Zuogui lives a life of bitter discontent toward his son Donggu, who is set on earning the respect not afforded him as a child. Donggu works as a property developer to provide his family with a good life, but when a job-site accident forces him into financial hardship, it prompts a re-examination of his priorit...

  • Paola CalvoPatrick Jasim


    Director  Paola Calvo Patrick Jasim - Country: Germany

    The Film is a Portrait of three courageous female wrestlers (Luchadoras) from Ciudad Juarez who despite being surrounded by machismo redefine the image of woman in Mexico. The short statued Mini Serinita who’s biggest dream is to become a full time Luchadora and leave the Factory work that disenfranchises so many women for good. Lady Candy wh...

  • Stauros Psilakis


    Director  Stauros Psilakis - Country: Greece

     Α tribute to friendship by a sinful angel. “Every person we meet in our lives is a journey and we often feel from the beginning whether we will travel with them first class, or without luggage and with empty pockets”. Alekos Zoukas is a much loved man, a reveler and at the same time a deeply thoughtful person. A man you can hardly forge...

  •  Angelik Kourounis

    Golden Dawn, A Public Affair

    Director   Angelik Kourounis - Country: Greece

    How to resist? What sort of action to adopt against nazism, fascism and the extreme right? Can Democracy still eradicate them once and for all without bending its own principles? How to fight back? Is the solution to be given by the courts? A political blockade from all political parties? A media boycott? Raising social awareness? A better ed...

  • Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

    Writing With Fire

    Director  Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh - Country: India

    In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit (‘low caste’) women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.

  • Dea Gjinovci

    Wake up on Mars

    Director  Dea Gjinovci - Country: Switzerland

    Two teenage sisters, Ibadeta and Djeneta, lie in a vegetative state in the small Swedish home of their Kosovar family. The cause of their mysterious malady is known as “resignation syndrome,” entwined with their personal trauma experienced as refugees shuttled between two countries. As their devoted parents work to keep their daughters alive ...

  • Natalie Halla

    The Shaman’s Nightmare

    Director  Natalie Halla - Country: Austria

    A personal cinematic journey to four indigenous peoples and their shamans unexpectedly turns into an exciting testimony to the struggle for survival of these unique nomad cultures, whose physical and cultural survival is existentially threatened by climate change.

  • Natalie Halla


    Director  Natalie Halla - Country: Austria

    In Slovakia, behind walls built to separate the Romani ethnicity from the “white” population, babies are born in precarious conditions.  In Palestine, a civilian population’s life passes in the shadow of a concrete wall eleven meters high.  Beyond that wall, family, land, and jobs are left behind.  In Western Sahara, in an atte...

  • Kamy Lara

    Beyond my steps

    Director  Kamy Lara - Country: Portugal

    During the creation of the 2017 season show of the Contemporary Dance Company of Angola coreographed by Mónica Anapaz, five dancers explore the concepts of tradition, culture, memory, and identity, questioning the transformation and deconstruction of these themes in their own lives. Most of them - coming from other provinces of the country -...

  • Christos DaniilidisMichalis Malandrakis

    The Age of the Denial of Death

    Director  Christos Daniilidis Michalis Malandrakis - Country: Greece

    The Age of the denial of death is a chronological documentary consisting of seven communicating chapters and performs a social and historical analysis of the Greek English- singing rock scene from the 1990s to 2020, seeking to find the reasons for the flourishing of this musical genre in Greece, through the stories of its protagonists. In the...

  • Natalie Halla


    Director  Natalie Halla - Country: Austria

    When fleeing from the war with the Red Khmer, eight years old Ngoc manages to survive alone a three weeks boat odyssey. Thanks to the humanity of an Austrian family, he gets integrated into the Austrian society and becomes a renown TCM doctor. Forty years later he decides to give medical aid to arriving boat refugees on Lesbos island. There h...

  • Dominikos Ignatiadis

    Gabriela – The German with the bicycle

    Director  Dominikos Ignatiadis - Country: Greece

    The story of a woman born in postwar Germany and her overwhelming need to live, love, and matter. A couple of years after her death, her son embarks on an in-depth inquiry into her diary, her letters, the people and the places she once knew. A trip between Stuttgart, Germany and Alexandria, Greece, with an underlying question: “What kind of l...

  • Roxanne Gaucherand


    Director  Roxanne Gaucherand - Country: France

    Summer 2016, somewhere in French Drôme Provençale, a mysterious plague strikes the villages: swarms of white butterflies have invaded the region. As night approaches, everyone is shutting down in their homes, trapped by the seemingly unstoppable vermin. As the big swarm approaches, Lou discovers both the strange insects and her feelings for h...

  • Andreas Apostolidis

    Latin Noir

    Director  Andreas Apostolidis - Country: Greece

    In the land of the Zapatistas, Augusto Pinochet and Fidel Castro, what are the stories Latin Americans have been telling to confront their troubled past? Latin Noir travels to five Latin American cities, to meet with famous crime novelists Leonardo Padura (Havana), Luis Sepulveda (Santiago), Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Mexico City), Santiago Ronca...

  • Chloé Aicha Boro

    The Golden Wolf of Balolé

    Director  Chloé Aicha Boro - Country: France

    In the heart of Ouagadougou, a granite quarry where nearly 2,500 people, adults and children, work in poor conditions, on the sidelines of a society that refuses to see them. But in 2014, the revolution passed by and blew on the spirits, a wind of emancipation and hope. And now the miners are considering a better future by freeing themselves ...

  • Heddy Honigmann


    Director  Heddy Honigmann - Country: Netherlands

    An Afghanistan veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, who suffers from nightmares and insomnia, finds comfort in a four-legged tail-wagging companion. The director observes the beautiful relationship between six service dogs and their grateful owners, portraying six stories about companionship and unconditional love. A tender tribute to...

  • Hannah Schweier

    80.000 Schnitzel

    Director  Hannah Schweier - Country: Germany

    Berta Zenefels (84) has barely ever left her beloved farm the «Zollhaus» in Bavaria, where she fried thousands of Schnitzel’s in the kitchen for her guests. During her lifetime she had to bury her firstborn son, her husband, her grand-son and her youngest son. But without a successor the heavily indebted farm is threatened with bankruptcy.&nb...

  • Pete Murimi

    I am Samuel

    Director  Pete Murimi - Country: Kenya

    Samuel grew up in the Kenyan countryside, where tradition is valued above all else. He is close to his mother but his father, a local pastor, doesn’t understand why he isn’t married yet. After moving to Kenya's capital in search of work and a new life, Samuel falls in love with Alex and finds community and belonging. Their love thrives despit...

  • Marianna Kakaounaki


    Director  Marianna Kakaounaki - Country: Greece

    Ebubekir and Gonza are accused in Turkey of terrorism. After three years hunted, they manage to escape to Greece. They are now free but must learn to live with an unbearable loss. Ahmed, who was a doctor, spends his days in a secret location with others who were also forced into self-exile. But as time goes by, his desire to no longer live as...

  • Robin Hunzinger

    Ultraviolette and the blood-spitters gang

    Director  Robin Hunzinger - Country: France

    Marcelle, 16, met Emma, 17, in the mid-1920s. They then madly loved each other, but Marcelle, who became ill, had to leave Emma to enter the sanatorium. From there, she wrote a thousand of letters, letters that are still burning of great evocative power. The story told through letters will be embodied in the image by amateur films.

  • James Kicklighter

    The Sound Of Identity

    Director  James Kicklighter - Country: USA

    In the spotlight of global media coverage, the first transgender woman ever to perform as Don Giovanni in a professional opera, makes her historic debut in one of the reddest states in the U.S

  • Eliza Kubarska

    The Wall of Shadows

    Director  Eliza Kubarska - Country: Poland

    A Sherpa family breaks a taboo and climbs the most holy of mountains to earn money for their son’s education. They accompany a western expedition on East Wall of the Khumbakarna Mountain, a wall that has never been climbed before. ‘The Wall of Shadows’ tells the story of an encounter between a young Sherpa boy and an experienced western mount...

  • Meletis Miras

    Close to the Core

    Director  Meletis Miras - Country: Greece

    How did Dimitris and, after four decades in the city, decided six years ago to live in a tent in the woods? Why did Vasilis choose to live in the city? What moves him to consciously choose the urban environment? How much has our way of living affected us? Is nature the answer? Or does the city provide answers? Have we forgotten where we come ...

  • Eva Stefani

    Days and Nights of Demetra K.

    Director  Eva Stefani - Country: Greece

    Dimitra is a sex worker and enjoys her job. She used to own one of the oldest brothels in Athens. The film draws a portrait of Dimitra by observing her for twelve years. Inevitably, the camera chronicles the way Athens is affected by the recent financial crisis. Getting to know Dimitra, we are confronted with stereotypes about sex and persona...

  • Karl Ammann

    The Tiger Mafia

    Director  Karl Ammann - Country: Switzerland

    The magnificent tiger is one of the world’s most beloved, and threatened creatures. Filmmaker, Karl Ammann uncovers their illegal breeding in secret South East Asian tiger farms. His nine-year investigation exposes how body parts are harvested from both live and butchered tigers, and then traded for sale in China’s underground pharmaceutical ...

  • Bentley Brown

    Revolution from Afar

    Director  Bentley Brown - Country: USA

    In 2019, after months of protests across Sudan, the military removed thirty-year dictator Omar al-Bashir and cracked down in a violent fashion on the civilian sit-in outside its headquarters. The Internet was shut down, leaving those outside Sudan to voice a plea for peaceful transition to civilian government. An ocean away, Sudanese-American...

  • Sam Soko


    Director  Sam Soko - Country: Kenya

    Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan election. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong politic...

  • Héctor Carré

    Clown’s Planet

    Director  Héctor Carré - Country: Spain

    The film director shows us the world of activist clowns from refugee camps in Holy land to a church devoted to worship a rubber duck in Madrid and hospitals and orphanages in Russia. He becomes himself a clown in a crew commanded by Patch Adams to think about faith, magic, laughter, love and the healing powers of the way clowns face existence.

  • Akis Kersanidis, Xrusa Tzelepi

    Back to Earth

    Director  Akis Kersanidis, Xrusa Tzelepi - Country: Greece

    Hector Mavridis is a ceramist. Dedicated in recent years to his ongoing work "Clods", he explores the imprint of the primordial form in public space. The clods he collects from the plowed fields are his raw material. Their shape, the smell of wet soil are evoking memories. He observes them, touches them. Wants to transform them. He works with...

  • Barak Heymann

    High Maintenance - The Life and Work of Dani Karavan

    Director  Barak Heymann - Country: Israel

    Dani Karavan has created nearly 100 environmental installations all across the world and won the most prestigious international art awards. Yet Karavan is far from satisfied. His monumental structures are deteriorating, his advanced age is starting to catch up with him, the political climate in Israel is driving him mad and he becomes embroil...

  • Dieudo Hamadi

    Downstream to Kinshasa

    Director  Dieudo Hamadi - Country: Congo

    In June 2000, a bloody war raged in the streets of the city of Kisangani, leaving around 1,000 dead, and at least 3,000 wounded. Kisangani’s civilian victims were promised compensation, but 18 years have passed and they’ve still received nothing. Weary of all the false promises, some of them decide to go to the capital Kinshasa to voice thei...


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