A Documentary by Antonis Tolakis
"If children remained children we would keep telling them fairytails.They grow up though." -Bertolt Brecht
Festivals / Awards
26th IDFA ,
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival .
Official Selection (Kids & Docs) 2013
8th Soleluna Film Festival, Palermo, Italy.
Winner Special Mention for the Best Doc in Mediterranean Section. 2013
27th Pärnu International Documentary & Anthropology Film Festival, Estonia. Official Selection, Nomination for the Best Doc for Kids. 2013
Finalist at 2014 Social Impact Media Awards-
West Hollywood. 2014
16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Greece.
(Official Selection - Panorama). 2014
17th International 1001 Documentary Festival, Istanbul, Turkey.
Official Selection. 2014
31st FIFE,International Environmental Film Festival, Paris, France.
Official Selection. 2014
2nd Ionian International Digital Film Festival, Lefkas,Greece.
Winner Honorable Mention. 2013
16th Olympia International Film Festival for children & young people,Greece.
Winner 2nd Prize for Best Documentary. 2013
6th Go Short -- International Short Film Festival Nijmegen,
The Netherlands.Official Selection.2014
4th Athens International Digital Film Festival,Greece.
Winner Best Documentary. 2014
22nd Cairo International Cinema and Arts Festival for Children
Winner 3nd Prize for Best Documentary. 2015.
7th International Documentary Film Festival Millenium, Brussels.2015.
A group of children surviving on the streets of Athens. Among them is Sayid, a twelve-year old boy, who works all day selling sunflower seeds in the city’s suburban parks. His existence borders on absolute poverty, as he prowls for food in philanthropic organizations. His daily routine in the chaotic capitol of Greece is nothing but a struggle for survival. At the same time, however, he manages to find and enjoy the freedom the city streets can offer. Sayid, along with his friends who are all immigrants from Afghanistan, escape their desperation by clinging onto their hopes. With them, he plays innocent childhood games and dreams of a better future: He wants to leave for Northern Europe, to go to school, and to have a decent job when he grows up. But how fast does a child grow? Sayid is trapped in Greece, a country plagued by a financial crisis, increasing unemployment, rampant xenophobia, and racist violence. Sayid states clearly, “I’ve been here about two years, and it feels like twenty have passed.
Year of Production: 2013 Running Time: 31.50’ /27’
DIRECTOR: Antonis Tolakis
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:Julia D. Speropoulos
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Antonis Tolakis
EDITING: Pietro Radin
SOUND: Evi Stamou, Julia D. Speropoulos
SOUND DESIGN: Orestis Kaberidis
SONG: F16 by I AM NO HERO
guitar: Giorgos Moulatsiotis
guitar: Tasos Moulatsiotis
bass: Stelios Taktikos
drums: Thanassis Vassileiou
TRANSLATION: Gholam Hassanpour
PRODUCTION: Antonis Tolakis CINEWORLD.gr PRODUCTIONS