After many months of collaboration, Myrto Papadogeorgou, of City of Errors, and I have finished our short documentary film “A simple life.” (17 min.) which we have co-directed and co-produced. Nikolas Konstantinou, also of City of Errors, has done fantastic work on the sound. It has been a pleasure working in Greece with Myrto and Nikolas and with our protagonist Gioula as well as her family and many wonderful friends.
We have begun sending the film to festivals all around the world. The film will be available at the IDFA Docs For Sale Market in Amsterdam in mid November, 2018. I will be flying to Amsterdam to promote our film. Stay tuned for more news. Right now the festivals require we keep the film “private” on the internet. But if you are interested, we can gladly send you the link and password.
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Gioula lives a simple life on her olive farm in a beautiful rural coastal village in Greece. When a golf resort destined for foreign wealthy sunseekers threatens to change her entire world, she fights back.
“Nature is the mother of every creature. You tread upon the ground lightly. You respect it,” says Gioula.
Gioula is fighting to preserve her simple way of life with her family, dogs, cats, bees, chickens, horses, and hundreds of ancient olive trees on her farm in Greece. The arid region, where water is scarce and where people have fished and farmed for over 35,000 years, is threatened by plans to build a large golf resort destined for foreign wealthy sunseekers. Not only farming itself, but moreover, a way of life and a culture are in peril.
In Gioula’s words:“This is pure violence. Violence towards the earth.” In a time of economic crisis, development pressures are high. All Gioula wants is a simple life.