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Little Land

Nikos Dayandas
Screening time  
28.02. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 4  
A land rediscovering its own powers in order to survive the crisis.

Since the start of the crisis in Greece, a growing number of young unemployed Athenians are moving to the countryside, hoping to change their lives for the better. The film follows 35-year-old Theodoris, as he settles on the remote island of Ikaria. There, he discovers a society with a unique culture of autonomy and cooperation, and a people who live not only better, but longer than everyone else -in one of the world's few 'blue zones' where inhabitants enjoy extraordinary longevity. Director Nikos Dayandas goes in search of the Ikarian secret, discovering how the islanders’ radically different lives are increasingly relevant to us in times of economic and social upheaval.


Nikos Dayandas

Nikos Dayandas was born on Crete in 1975. His latest work Sayome (2011) won the Urti Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary at the Monte Carlo International TV Festival and the FIPRESCI Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Other work includes The Call of the Mountain (2009) which won the France 3 Award, the Cinematography Award at the Sole Luna International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Agon International Archaeological Festival.

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Little Land

2013, 52', video

Directed by:
Nikos Dayandas

Screenplay by:
Nikos Dayandas, Yuri Averof

Stelios Apostolopoulos

Edited by:
Nikos Vavouris

Panos Ghikas & Johannes von Weizsäcker

Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof

Produced by:
Anemon Productions

Festivals & Awards:

Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2013 – Best Documentary Film; ERT3 Habitat Award; Filmambiente Environmental Film Festival 2013 – Feature Doc Award; Ekotopfilm Film Festival 2013 – Mayor’s Prize; Astra Film Festival – Eco Cinematograff;  Jihlava International  Documentary Film Festival 2013