Thursday, October 10, 2013

 A Documentary by Antonis Tolakis


"If children remained children we would keep telling them fairytails.They grow up though." -Bertolt Brecht

Official trailer


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.

  Film Synopsis

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
SCREENPLAY:Antonis Tolakis
EDITING: Pietro Radin
SOUND: Evi Stamou, Julia D. Speropoulos
SOUND DESIGN: Orestis Kaberidis
       guitar: Giorgos Moulatsiotis
       guitar: Tasos Moulatsiotis
       bass: Stelios Taktikos
       drums: Thanassis Vassileiou
TRANSLATION: Gholam Hassanpour

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