Films 2009


Competition Section
A Guide to Taking a Photo
Craig Slattery    │ UK    │ 2008    │ 3 mins
Synopsis: 18 year old Rebecca Saunders has had to grow up fast - helping to take care of her younger siblings and hold the family together in the wake of her Mom's illness.

Bio: Craig Slattery was born in Australia. He works as a film editor for BBC2’s Culture Show. He has two more films (Pierced Off and Self Serve) in his credit. 


A Smile to Remember
Kazuyo Fukuda    │ Japan    │ 2007    │ 49 mins
Synopsis: 37 year old Japanish Kimi Okamoto, suffers from transitory amnesia, due to a car accident she’s had when she was ten. In spite of not being able to remember the simplest facts of her life and watching her past fading away, she gives birth to a boy. The film focuses on her huge effort to understand the micro world of her little boy, his reactions when he plays or cries. In these extremely difficult circumstances, the woman- with a helping hand from her mother and her husband- manages to overcome her disability. An amazing film from Japan, about the power of the maternal love.
Bio: A Smile to Remember is Kazuyo Fukuda’s signature film and won the prestigious Hoso Bunka Award as well as the Galaxy Award in 2008. Fukuda’s productions focus on human relations in closed local societies. The film was made for Nagoya’s NHK Center.

Laura Bari    │ Canada    │ 2008    │ 82 mins
Synopsis: The real and imaginary life of Antoine, a boy detective who runs, drives, makes decisions, hosts radio shows and adores simultaneous telephone conversations. Over the course of two years he uses a mini-boom microphone to discover and capture the sounds surrounding him. In this manner he co-created the sound track of this film.
Bio: Laura Bari was born in Argentina but has lived and worked in Montreal, Canada for the past twenty years. In the four-year period 1999-2002 she directed over 300 mini documentaries for the Cornemuse television program. Antoine was screened at major international festivals such as Hot Docs in Canada and the Tribeca Film Festival in NewYork.

Blind Loves
Juraj Lehotsky    │ Slovakia    │ 2008    │ 77 mins
Synopsis: Four love stories of blind lovers, from the excellent point of view of the new director Juraj Lehotsky. Real life meets surrealism, a film shot with an exceptional aesthetic flavor and stands between documentary and fiction. A surprising movie from Slovakia, a sentimental labyrinth, full of sensibility and human feelings which challenges us to re-event the true meaning of happiness.
Bio: Juraj Lehotsky studied documentary filmmaking in Bratislava from 1995 to 2000. He works as a director of documentaries, music videos and advertising spots. In 2003 he won the prestigious Aurel Award for directing the song "Prvá". Blind Loves with which he participated in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival is his first feature film.

Body of War
Phil Donahue & Ellen Spiro    │ USA    │ 2008    │ 87 mins
Synopsis: An intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine - wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Body of War is Tomas' coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it's like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.
Bios: For the past 29 years, through his popular show The Phil Donahue Show, Phil Donahue has been taking on a broad range of issues (human behavior, politico-social and major international events). He is the driving force behind the talk show and has played host to leading figures from all over the world. He has won more than twenty Emmys. 
For the past two decades Ellen Spiro has been making films that exceed the narrow concept of the term "documentary", such as Diana’s Hair Ego, Atomic Ed and the Black Hole, Are the Kids Alright?, Troop 1500, winning many international awards. She has also won many honorary distinctions herself. Her films have been screened all over the world and are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Born Without a Beat: The Journey of a Deaf Raver
Oliver Riley-Smith    │ UK    │ 2009    │ 12 mins
Synopsis: Lenny loves music and dancing, but has always felt out of place in hearing discos because of her disability. Now she is travelling to Holland to attend her first "deaf rave", a ground-breaking, multi-sensory music event specially designed for the hard of hearing, using a vibrating dance floor and special sign-dancers, a place where the Dj’s and the clubbers are all deaf. This is her unique chance to see her dream come true, to fell the music and be "lost" in her own world.
Bio: Director and co-producer Oliver Riley-Smith’s film Born Without a Beat was funded by the Westminster Arts Film Bursary in 2008. Ηe has also made the mini film for the campaign against global warming, Close the Door, and the short comedy Pregnant Moments on teen pregnancy (official participation in the Bacup Film Festival 2008).

Deep Violet
Iglika Trifonova    │ Bulgaria    │ 2008    │ 6 mins
Synopsis: In front of the microphone in a bar on the outskirts of Sofia, Dessy, a singer who can’t see and never could, tells a story of happiness, fear, hope, dreams, and her unbiased vision of the world around us. She stands in front of the microphone, calm and focused, while the clients enthusiastically demand more and more songs. Between two sets she tells us what she loves, what she fears, what she dreams of and how she "sees" the big events in the world.
Bio: Iglika Trifonova is one of the few Bulgarian film directors who have distinguished themselves in the field of documentaries as well as feature films. Her first film Letters to America was presented in over forty international film festivals and was a candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Her films have won awards at many international festivals and she was personally honored with the Trailblazer Award at Cannes for her contribution to documentary filmmaking.

DV8: The Cost of Living
Lloyd Newson    │ UK    │ 2004    │ 34 mins
Synopsis: David and Eddie are street performers struggling to get by in a seaside town. The Cost of Living follows them as they work, argue, fail at romance and fall out with old friends, in a film that is part dance film, part drama. All of the stories are about how we value ourselves and other people. The Cost of Living is the fourth film by DV8, and is choreographed and directed by Lloyd Newson. DV8’s work is about taking risks aesthetically and communicating ideas and feelings clearly and unpretentiously.
Bio: Lloyd Newson founded the DV8 Physical Theatre and has been the Artistic Director of DV8 since 1986. He has created 15 works for stage, consistently receiving major British and international awards. Newson has had a dynamic impact on contemporary dance by challenging the traditional aesthetics and concentrating on connecting meaning to movement.

Christos Akridas     │ Greece     │ 2008     │ 4 mins
Synopsis: Survival in an urban environment, forces us to declare ourselves an endangered species. Ecology is not just animals and Nature. Andreas Kouzelis’s words is an incentive for a collective activation, so as the material profits will stop undermining the future. Let us give a chance to humanity to live in a better world.
Bio: Christos Akridas lives in Athens and graduated from the Lykourgos Stavrakos Film School in 1982. He has directed films, TV shows, series, and documentaries such as: Nighttime (1982 Murcia Fest Prize, Badalona Fest Prize), Kalliniko, Byzantine Αrt, Michalis Terzis, Mesimvria, Under Zeus’ Eyes, Cretan Ηero, Macedonia, Myths and Τragedy.

Erotica Italiana: The Disabled Person’s Kamasutra
Alberto D’Onofrio     │ Italy     │ 2008     │ 53 mins
Synopsis: Gabriele Viti, grown up in a little village in Arezzo district, never perceived himself as "different" because of his disability. Gabriele decides to fight for acknowledgement of a disabled person’s sexual right by writing the book "The disabled person’s Kamasutra" and attending Conferences on the subject. At the same time, in the film Gabriele reveals his sexual exploration, from the first relationship with a "normal" girl to the appointment in Rome with a French escort.
Bio: As a director and producer, Alberto D’Onofrio has made many documentaries for RAI and MEDIASET. His credits include films on Polyrock and Urban Verbs (RAI3), American post-punk/new wave bands, etc.

Everybody from my courtyard
Miron Wojdylo     │ Poland     │ 2006     │ 28 mins
Synopsis: Rafat, a young boy with a disability, tries to include himself in a group of kids that has as a meeting point the courtyard of a block of buildings. The director’s discreet look focuses with sensibility on the desire of the young boy to become a part of this world and his efforts to develop relationships with the kids. An excellent film from Poland.
Bio: Miron Wojdylo was born in Gdansk, Poland in 1977. His credits include over fifteen short films while at the same time he is studying at the Lodz Film Academy.

Filo & Marina
Kalliopi Legaki     │ Greece     │ 2009     │ 73 mins
Synopsis: In a suburb of Paris, a Greek sculptοr, Filo, married to Marina, has devoted himself to his art for fifty years now. An unexpected event will change things and only love will provide solutions and a new meaning to their lives.
Bio: Kalliopi Legaki has made mostly documentary films. Her directorial efforts include, among other films, Spyros Papaloukas – The architect of color, Mimis Kontos – from Moonrise to the setting of the Moon, Elias Petropoulos – An underground world, Keratsini – Old and new refugees, the feature films Desires on hot sand, Catastrophe, etc. She has been awarded in Greece and abroad.

Finding the words
Elisabeth Horn     │ USA     │ 2007     │ 54 mins
Synopsis: A story of eight "perfect babies", each given a grim diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as toddlers, whose grieving families fight prejudice, misinformation, and despair to get their children well again. Filmed in thirteen locations across the United States, this hour-long documentary is an ensemble piece, presenting elements of each family's long, emotional journey through home videos, photographs and medical reports; as well as interviews with the families, the children’s' doctors, therapists and friends. Commentary on these remarkable stories is provided by a courageous group of doctors all working to rewrite the future for ASD afflicted children by accepting a surprisingly controversial premise: autistic children can recover.
Finding the words examines new methods in the treatment of autism. Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a hero for many families in Great Britain, today faces charges from the medical community regarding his use of unorthodox methods for treating autism.
Bio: Elisabeth Horn is a producer and director. Her company undertakes major productions for clients that include Apple Computer, Gap, Stanford University, Oracle, Tandem, et al.  

Forbidden Acts
Todd Herman     │ USA     │ 2006     │ 12 mins
Synopsis: Director Todd Herman showcases three poems by black disabled writer Leroy Moore. Using an extremely poetic and lyrical way, Herman combines his cinematic skills with Moore’s poetry, taking a head-on look at issues of a disabled body image and its sexuality. With naked honesty, and through poetry, the film combines social critique and a comment on the stereotypes prevalent in disability imagery. Α potent film which sees beyond the barriers between disability and sexuality.
Bio: Todd Herman is a filmmaker and photographer. His work often looks at relationships between documentary images and poetic texts, as well as to the disregarded beauty and mystery of everyday life. His current works include a photography book about marginalized communities in Kathmandu, Nepal; film and book projects exploring the connections between birth, memory and mourning; films about disability, sexuality and eugenics. He exhibits his work internationally.

Anwar Saab    │ Lebanon     │ 2007     │ 10 mins
Synopsis: Hammoudi is a twelve year old boy from Palestine, victim of an Israeli mine. He tells his personal story, from the moment that he lost his two legs, till today, where with no fear he can see his future from a positive point of view. A movie without contrived elations of emotion, which underlines the strength of a young boy, a victim of war, to claim for his life with equal terms.
Bio: Spending most of his life between Norway, Lebanon, and the UK, Anwar has produced numerous documentary films on a broad range of subjects: the Kurdish refugees in Norway, visually impaired hikers who embark on a mission to climb the Himalayas, renewable sources of energy, etc. After this film he decided to create a multi-media workshop for war-disabled children.

Including Samuel
Dan Habib    │ USA     │ 2008     │ 58 mins
Synopsis: The story of Samuel and four other families who have children with disabilities, including autism, schizophrenia and cerebral palsy. An extraordinary, realistic chronicle of the struggle waged by these families but also of the joy they derive. The director admitted that it was through his son that he was forced to face his prejudices head-on. 'When I saw people who didn’t look like me, or talk like me... I often saw them as less smart, less capable, and not worth getting to know. Is that how the world would see Samuel?'
Bio: Dan Habib has been the photography editor of the Concord Monitor since 1995. In 2006 he was named the National Photography Editor of the Year while in the past he was named New Hampshire Photographer of the Year six times. The film recently won the annual Positive Images in Media Award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities.

Kill Gil 2 ½
Gil Rossellini     │ Italy     │ 2008     │ 89 mins
Synopsis: May 2007. Gill Rossellini is in Turin to present a sailing race with a disabled athletes’ team. What he still doesn’t know is that this is the last days before his final act of his main challenge. The duel against disease and many surgical procedures. Dreaming, social commitment and his memories are the best keys to escape from his situation and to play the game with fate all the way to the end.
Bio: The son of famed director Roberto Rossellini, Gil began his career in the early ’80s working with Martin Scorsese and Sergio Leone. A little later he turned to directing and producing documentaries on a broad range of subjects from wild Nature to politico social events, founding his own production company Rossellini & Associates Production Company, based in New York and New Delhi. Many of his films have been screened in internationally renowned festivals such as Cannes and Venice.

Letter to Lou
Luc Boland     │ Belgium     │ 2006     │ 80 mins
Synopsis: Lou is a little boy who only sees through his heart. He was born blind and mentally different, something that has forced his parents to adjust to a new reality. But beyond all this, Lou is a little prince, cute, mischievous and full of humor. The audience is offered the opportunity to follow Lou’s six first years, through the eyes of the filmmaker, his father. 
Bio: Belgian set designer and film director Luc Boland has made over fifty feature and documentary films including Une sirène dans la nuit, La Torpille, Je déBLOG.

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita
Maria Finitzo     │ USA     │ 2007     │ 83 mins
Synopsis: Neurologist Jack Kessler had just moved with his family to Chicago, when he received a phone call that would forever change his life. His daughter Allison, had fallen while skiing, crushing her spinal cord and leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Kessler shifted the focus of his research to begin looking for a cure for spinal cord injuries using embryonic stem cells. A film that underlines Kessler’s efforts in the wake of President Bush’s veto of a bill enabling special funding for stem cell research.
Bio: Over a period of twenty years director Maria Finitzo has made a large number of films and has won major awards. Her subjects range from the use of nuclear weapons to the psychology of young girls. Terra Incognita was screened at many festivals all over the world and won the Gold Hugo at Chicago in 2007.

Mister Spazzman
Suzanne Girot     │ USA     │ 2007     │ 47 mins
Synopsis: Professional musician and political activist before the accident that marked his life, nowadays he expresses his disappointment and passion through the songs he writes, using a special computer that is activated with his voice. With his songs, funny but sometimes cheesy, Robert creates a metaphor for his life through music. Religion and faith, sex and lovers, family and exclusive nurses, everything comes together within his personal musical puzzle.


Bio: Suzanne Girot has directed a number of documentaries: Havana Bienal, Let our People Grow (on the medical use of marijuana), The Ultimate Dive (on the "art" of finding interesting objects in the trash), Girl Beat-Power of the Drum (on a Brazilian percussion group consisting only of women). In Mister Spazzman, she explores the therapeutic method of music, with her brother-in-law as the protagonist.

Mon petit frère de la lune
Frédéric Philibert     │ France     │ 2008     │ 6 mins
Synopsis: An extremely sensitive animation movie from France, where a little girl describes the personality and the reactions of her autistic brother. A very cleverly written script, from the interesting point of view of a child-observer, who with her own eyes analyses and eventually makes her own personal comment about autism.
Bio: Frédéric Philibert has been working with children and teenagers on making animation films since 1995. Today he is in the process of making his sixth film Le Monsieur du Cinquième

Prodigal Sons
Kimberly Reed     │ USA     │ 2008     │ 86 mins
Synopsis: Return to roots. Prodigal Sons follows three siblings – a transgender woman, a gay man, and their adopted brother who discovers he’s the grandson of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth – back to their Montana hometown, where a powerful story of an entire family’s transformation unfolds.

Bio: Kimberly Reed is the first woman director who has undergone a sex change operation. She began her career by directing travelogues. For four consecutive years her work has been included in the program of the Independent Film Week in the USA. Prodigal Sons is her first feature-length documentary.



Smile and Run: A Beginner’s Guide to Arty Party
Ray Jacobs    │ UK     │ 2009     │ 13 mins
Synopsis: A video artist "invades" into the Arty Party, a group of disabled artists, with a view to film their rehearsals. His visit, gradually, is transformed to an experience of life, as he becomes one with the power of expression of the team. A wonderful film with great aesthetic view, a hymn to the arts and the expression beyond mind and body.
Bios: Ray Jacobs is a director and dance performer. He uses the art of movement as a medium for bringing people in touch with the world of the senses. Along with his team Ray directed the film I Saw a Girl that won first prize at the Oska Bright festival.
Jonathan Tritton (the film's director of photography) specializes in stage and performance productions. He is also involved in all phases of film production from the original concept and the script to the filming, the lighting and the editing. He works as a producer of commercials.

Something like my eyes (Mine)
Hoοshang Mirzaee     │ Iran     │ 2007     │ 30 mins
Synopsis: A young boy struggles to regain his place in life, after a tragic incident, which took place when he was in first grade. The explosion of a mine in his hands made him blind and cut his two hands. Today in the seventh grade and the best student of the school, he can read Braille alphabet with his lips. His beloved grandmother and his favorite teacher help him to survive and see his life with a positive way. An extremely sensitive film about the pure desire for life, even under the worst circumstances.


Bio: Hooshang Mirzaee was born in Iran in 1961. He studied at the IRIB Film Center and then took up painting. With his first film Sazeneh he became recognized as one of the most important young directors in Iran while with Mine he won many international awards including the Gold Remi in the USA.


Steps, No! Ramps, Yes!
Alex Richardson & Elspeth Waldie     │ UK / Bangladesh     │ 2009     │ 23 mins
Synopsis: The dreams of Reja for an academic career, which will save his family from poverty, are suddenly shattered, when a robbery takes place in the small shop where he works in Bangladesh. He is shot in his legs and ends up in a wheel chair, realizing that in his country there is no care and provision for people like him. Through his tragic story, we come face to face with the problems of disabled persons in Bangladesh, where these huge problems do not allow them to find a place in the job market. An excellent film about the human rights of the disabled and their effort to gain what they deserve in daily life. A movie that was shot by disabled people.
Bios: Apart from being a director, Alex Richardson is also a cameraman and editor. This is his first film dealing with humanitarian issues. 
Elspeth Waldie decided to take up filmmaking when the Center for the Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities (CRP) in Bangladesh asked her to write a script for a film. She founded Purple Field Productions where films with humanitarian content and educational purposes are made on a volunteer basis. She also is active in humanitarian efforts. Her company’s film crew also includes people with disabilities.

Leendert Pot & Anja Hiddinga     │ The Netherlands     │ 2005     │ 7 mins
Synopsis: A film about the desire to express the inner self and the search for identity. Lyric images create a micro world poem, a dance of the senses, in a place where the dancers are the poet and the camera. The film contains only one take, something that automatically creates an even more poetic mood in the movie.
Bios: Leendert Pot has been making documentaries and shorts since 1986. He is chiefly known for the films he has made on music and disability. Many of his films have participated in international festivals and have been broadcast on Dutch television.
Anja Hiddinga’s latest film directing efforts include Culture or no Culture? (the controversy surrounding the issue of the education of the deaf), Cat Ball Float. Her latest production is Noise in my Head (4 documentaries on deaf children).

Julia Kolberger     │ Poland     │ 2007     │ 15 mins
Synopsis: Vanessa, a young mother, struggles to raise and give life to her two sons, who were born with disabilities. Ignacio and his brother are not able to see and listen, while having problems of moving as well. Their parents though, choose to see the bright side of life and with their outstanding love manage to give their children a happy and normal life. An extremely sensitive film from Poland, a hymn to love.
Bio: Julia Kolberger was born in 1978 in Warsaw. She studied English literature in Paris and in Tours, France. She is in her third year of film school at Lodz in Poland. Tactility is her third film.

Texture of our Soul
Deepak Gera     │ India     │ 2008     │ 12 mins
Synopsis: Life in a leper colony in India and the difficulties they are facing in these circumstances, waiting for a brighter future. A raw film which describes the pain and the seediness of the lepers and their effort to be useful to the society.
Bio: Deepak Gera, a 42 year-old engineer, heads the biggest theatrical group in Rajasthani with over 90 productions to its credit. He has directed the short film Eyes and Dreams, while Texture of our Souls won the second prize at the SOMS Festival in 2008.  

The Charm of Harm
Gerald Teufel    │ Austria     │ 2005     │ 45 mins
Synopsis: A film that focuses on the beauty of the disabled body, through six women from around the world. Through interviews' key questions, they explain their relationship with their bodies and their love about the arts and sports.
Gerald Teufel was born in Vienna, Austria in 1956. Αfter studying German and English literature, philosophy and fine arts, he started working as a journalist for Austrian magazines and the Austrian Broadcasting Company ORF. He created features for the radio and since 1995 he is making documentary films on social matters for television. 

The Greatest Show on Earth
Rosa Rogers     │ UK     │ 2007     │ 24 mins
Synopsis: Born deaf 25 year old Nana Twum-Danso has one main passion in her life - dance. From the age of three, dancing has been the way that she expresses her feelings and emotions, from joy to anger. Brought up in a hearing environment where she wasn’t allowed to sign, dance became an outlet for all the feelings she was unable to articulate. This film follows her on a life-changing journey to Brazil to learn the samba at one of Rio’s best samba schools and perform in the Rio Carnival alongside Brazil’s best sambaistas. A movie full of color and joy, that was shot by disabled people.

Bio: Rosa Rogers has directed dozens of documentaries traveling the length and breadth of the world. Her journeys have led her on a unique odyssey from Rio in Brazil to Beijing. Her films have participated in many international festivals, while she was nominated twice for the prestigious One World Media Award.   


The Trap
Marina Danezi     │ Greece     │ 2009     │ 23 mins
Synopsis: When you are caught, unsuspectingly in the Trap, it is almost certain that the end has come. The Trap is a documentary film about the rehabilitation of disabled / handicapped people. A glance at psychiatric institutions (operating as storehouses for human beings) and endangered hostels. All this during Christmas time in the Athens of 2009. Our hero, Dionysis, is 34 years old and lives with his mother. He is a quadriplegic and suffers from slight mental retardation. He loves Sunday "strolls", singing, talking on the phone and secretly drinking coca cola. His future is uncertain. In his own words: "Today’s society is a very tough place to live. Ok, our parents will eventually go but what is there left to see for us children?"

Bio: Marina Danezi was born in Athens, in 1982. She studied mathematics at the University of Athens and drama at the "Delos", under the direction of Demetra Chatoupi. During the last few years, she works as an actress in both theatre and cinema. Her first film was The Pirate οf Time (2008): honorable mention at the 31st Short Film Festival – digi 2008, in Drama, Greece.  

Walking on Lines
Ioanna Mirka    │ Greece     │ 2007     │ 2 mins
Synopsis: A film about a performance, which took place in Belgrade’s Site z-1 festival in 2007. Performance artist Ioanna Mirka marks on her palms the lines of destiny and afterwards does the same on the scars that cover her face and legs. Her purpose after all is to prove that some signs we got on our bodies end up being simple meaningless signs and nothing more than that.
Bio: Ioanna Mirka was born in Athens. She has pursued postgraduate studies in the Athens University School of Fine Arts "Digital Art Forms" program. She has also studied sculpture and graphic arts. Exhibitions of her work have been held in many art galleries in Greece and in several European cities.

White Sound
Sarah Tracton     │ Australia     │ 2008     │ 6 mins
Synopsis: Visualised through deaf and hearing impaired observance, White Sound explores the notion of a soundless existence. Rania lip-reads conversations in a nightclub, while Phillip feels sound beneath the floor. Filmed on location at the National Art School in East Sydney, White Sound is a space where noise, silence and imagination converge. Sculptor’s decibel piercing welding contrasts to the quiet scraping of print makers burnishing their etching plates. White Sound is recreated in the "mind’s ear".

Bio: Sarah Tracton lost her hearing for good at the age of twenty, a fact that allows her to have a powerful "hearing" memory which she also uses in White Sound to explore the idea of living in a world without sound. She can read lips in 68 languages. In 2008 she won the Spirit of SHHH Award for her contribution to raising awareness of issues surrounding deafness. An award winning filmmaker, writer and access advocate, Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. An Enhance TV ATOM Award finalist, White Sound has screened at festivals worldwide.


Parallel Section


Giant Footsteps
- Eirini Mavromataki: The Art of Life
- Dimos Gigadakis: Every Inch of a King
Michalis Tamboukas    │ Greece    │ 2009    │ 10 mins
Synopsis: Eirini Mavromataki and Dimos Gigadakis are two people with a different type of dwarfism. Eirini also uses crutches. They are both exceptional stage and screen artists. The film takes a glance at the giant footsteps of their lives and activities.
Bio: Michalis Tamboukas is an actor and translator. His articles, points of view and reviews on theatre, cinema, literature and art have been published in many leading newspapers.

Revel in the Light
Deiren Masterson    │ Canada    │ 2005    │ 12 mins
Synopsis: "A Quiet Life Will Shine". With these words, director Deiren Masterson decides to "open" the portrait of Rebecca Beayni a young woman whose incredible spirit bursts in and through the seams of a physical disability she was born into. This is the story of Rebecca, a woman whose openness to life touches and stirs those in the world around her. This film is the realization of a dream of Rebecca’s and the Ubuntu Initiative which consists of individuals who have a developmental disability and their families and friends.
Bio: Deiren Masterson is an award-winning writer, producer, editor and composer. He won the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Work in Media Ecology from Fordham University for the documentary McLuhan Way: In Search of Truth (2007). In God’s Hands (2003) won the Best Script/Directing Award at the Magnificat Festival in 2006. He recently produced the documentaries Hidden Steeples and Spoon Man.

Seven plus One (7+1)
Alkis Sdougkos    │ Greece    │ 2009    │ 25 mins
Synopsis: How is a film created? Who are the people, who hold the magic wand in their hands? A storyteller invites the audience to travel in the world of cinema, thus having the opportunity to observe the various stages of a film production. From the creation of the script to the screening in the movie theater…. An unexpected and mysterious incident turns the movie backwards during the screening and while people are "enjoying" the movie. It starts from the beginning again… It is the same movie but from a different point of view.
Bio: Alkis Sdougkos completed his studies at the Law School of the University of Athens and at the School of Professional Journalism. He has worked in radio and television as well as in newspapers. He has participated as art director, co-producer and director in theatre performances, while for the last two years he has been working in cinema, as a filmmaker and producer. Seven plus One is his first purely personal job in cinema.

Small things that matter
Lucia Rikaki    │ Greece    │ 2008    │ 30 mins
Synopsis: A documentary based on testimonies by patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. It focuses on the small things that matter in the daily lives of these patients with the aim of raising public awareness but also of making those in the decision-making centers sit up and take notice.

Bio: Lucia Rikaki is film director and producer, artistic director of the Rodοs International Film & Visual Arts Festival "Εcofilms" and Kos International Health Film Festival "Ippokratis". She is the coordinator of the Balkan fund Thessaloniki International Film Festival Script Development and the founder of the Comedy Club in Greece.


Closing Screening


Waves of the Aegean
Antonios Rellas    │ Greece    │ 2005    │ 59 mins
Synopsis: A battle with the waves of the Aegean. Against the social calm of the mainland. The preparation of five Greek athletes with disabilities, and their two able-bodied trainers for the Paralympics in Athens. The Aegeathlon, the marathon swimming-relay across the Aegean (from Sounion to Milos) took place a year before the start of the Athens Paralympics. The difficulties of the undertaking appeared insurmountable.
With this film the racist myth that would have people with disabilities miserable by definition is vitiated. It is dedicated to those who have the strength to share and to celebrate. To those who seek a perennial swim in conditions of supreme visibility. Potentially for everyone…
Is there some decisive deficiency
in the other’s identity?
Only if we train our eyes on it.
Only if our eyes are committed
to spotting the other’s deficiency.
Only if our eyes are themselves deficient.
Bio: Antonios Rellas studied at the Lykourghos Stavrakos Film and Television School. He has worked in television as director, editor and reporter. He has made music videos, commercials, has directed for the stage and has created digital visuals for performances. From 1990 to the present, as an independent director, he has made the short film The nail and the documentaries I’m alive, Waves of the Aegean and Beautiful Thera. With his participation in international festivals he has won awards and represented Greece worldwide. Finally he is an activist and organizes actions that concern the violation of the rights of people with disabilities.
Before the screening, Antonios Rellas will receive an honorary award by the Greek Film Center.


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