Thessaloniki Doc 2021 Overview (Part Two)

The 23rd Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

June 24-July 4

This notable Greek nonfiction event returns to theatres following a local online presentation in March.

Among the offerings:

International Competition:

Days and Nights of Demetra K
Director: Eva Stefani
A longitudinal portrait of Demetra, a sex worker.

Golden Dawn: A Public Affair
Director: Angélique Kourounis
An investigation of forms of resistance to rampant neo-Nazi ideology in Greece and all over Europe.

Lost Flowers
Director: Fabrizio Maltese
An intimate diary and an ode to filial love in the face of the most trying circumstances a son can face.

Porno Uncle Jim
Director: Stephan Bookas
A nephew seeks the truth behind his infamous and controversial great-uncle, Washington DC’s forgotten king of porn.

Singing in the Wilderness
Director: Dongnan Chen
After hiding in the mountains for a century, a Miao ethnic Christian choir is discovered by a propaganda official and becomes a national sensation.

Through the Glass, Three Acts
Director: Christos Barbas
In May 2020, during the first Greek lockdown, the staff and residents of a nursing home north of Athens seal themselves off as added precaution.

Newcomers International Competition:

The Count
Director: Jon Blåhed
A personal deconstruction of the true crime genre, focusing on the director’s notorious criminal relative.

Faith Can Move Mountains
Director: Silje Evensmo Jacobsen
A group of penniless Greek Orthodox nuns settles down in a remote and beautiful village in Norway, planning to build a monastery on a steep and dangerous mountain overseeing the fjord.

Little Satchmo
Director: John Alexander
Fifty years after the death of Louis Armstrong, his unrecognized daughter, sworn to a life of secrecy, breaks her silence.

Director: Raphaël Dubach, Mateo Ybarra
In the early fall of 2019, facing an unprecedented security crisis, the Swiss army assists the police force with LUX: a simulation exercise, a life-size game, between city and countryside, to tackle a fictitious threat.

Made in Vain
Director: Michael Klioumis
Personal demons, ongoing struggle with the mirror, sacrifices, goals, bottled-up feelings, hardcore training, and diet shape the daily life of bodybuilders.

Director: Adrián Silvestre
Six trans women travel to a small town in León, Spain, where they will explore unusual landscapes, as well as the ins and outs of their own personalities.

Sons of Honour
Director: Sophia Luvarà
In Calabria, the most violent region of Italy, a brave judge fights against the prevailing ’Ndrangheta mafia by taking young boys away from their extremely powerful families.

>>Film Forward International Competition:

Director: Josefina Pérez-García, Felipe Sigala
The real-estate industry has destabilized the natural surroundings of the city of Concón on the Chilean coast, forcing the inhabitants and landscapes of the region to find new ways to adapt and survive.

The Oleanders
Director: Paola Revenioti
A night stroll in Athens through the eyes of Paola, Betty and Eva, three trans women in their 60s who have known each other for more than forty years.

Other sections:

2 Miles from Home
Director: Julia Speropoulos
A provocative exploration of the period between 1914-1923, and the genocide of the Greeks of the Black Sea.

The Beatles and India
Director: Ajoy Bose, Peter Compton
A unique historical chronicle of the enduring love affair between The Beatles and India, which started more than half a century ago.

A Beautiful Day
Director: Danis Karaisaridis, Yorgos Paterakis
A portrait of two self-organized preschool educational projects in Greece, which use a combination of alternative educational methods.

The Chords of South
Director: Nickolas Tsiamantanis
An experiential recording of labor in the community service programs, people affected by the financial crisis, middle-aged, long-term unemployed who are paid very little money, while claiming contract renewal and permanent employment.

Director: Alexa Bakony
In a tiny village in Hungary, Éva’s 16-year-old child recently came out as transgender and lives by his chosen name of Tobi.

Director: Theodore Scrivanos
The day-to-day life of the Greek National Opera Ballet’s dancers.

Director: Yair Qedar
In a series of conversations with his latest biographer, presented in the film, weaving biographical passages, literature and conversations with the main people in his life, acclaimed author Amos Oz tells his last story.

Is Walking Art?
Director: Christos Ioannidis
Can you make art by walking? Can you walk a piece of art as a painter creates a painting or a director makes a movie? What is walking art? Does it produce pieces of art or intangible experiences?

KΕ•HA•’JAS: Man of the Land
Director: Giorgos Komakis
A portrait of the misunderstood farmers of Lemnos, the most lowland of the Aegean islands.

Newborn Sky: Women in the Democratic Army of Greece
Director: Giannis Xydas, Tasos Konstantopoulos
After the liberation of Athens from the German occupation in 1944, the White Terror followed, pushing persecuted fighters into the mountains to form the base for DSE, in which a lot of women participated.

Ore Remembrance
Director: Dimitris Kalfakis
Through field observation, personal testimonies, and archival material, an exploration of the important role played by the mine in the local community and restores the industrial heritage of Mykonos.

Seven Minutes of Soul
Director: Panos Vlahos
The filmmaker attempt to explore the exact conditions that led to Spyros Louis dramatic win of the first marathon of the modern Olympics.

Director: Pieter-Rim de Kroon
A breathtaking cinematic portrait of the largest tidal wetlands in the world, the Wadden Sea.

The Unlost Homeland
The story of 12 Greeks from Constantinople who lived through the Istanbul pogrom in 1955.

Where Dead People Used to Live
Director: Marios Kleftakis, Isavella Alopoudi
Next to Cairo’s city center, a vast cemetery has become a shelter for the homeless – almost half a million people live among graves and the dead, trying to survive in the quietest neighborhood, known as Arafa, the city of the dead.

Director: Simon Bitton
As part of a cinematic pilgrimage to her Jewish roots, the director embarks on a road trip across Morocco to meet with the Muslim guardians of the country’s Jewish memory.

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