MANA by Valerie Kontakos at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival



Thursday 19/3 at 20:45 @ Pavlos Zannas Theater

Saturday 21/3 at 17:30 @ Tonia Marketaki 

Director: Valerie Kontakos/ Country: Greece/Duration70’

In 1962, a group of young women made headlines in Greece by running away to join a convent. Each time they were captured and sent back to their families, but they kept trying until they finally succeeded. Uninterested in praying all day, they started a shelter, providing a family for abandoned and abused children. Half a century later, the surviving founders are still running the Lyrio Children’s Village without help from church or state, raising infants without a wedding band. This film tells the story of their vision and how they’ve changed the lives of more than 500 hundred children’s so far – simply by taking their fate into their own hands.

Following her award-winning feature documentary Who’s on First? that screened in Greece, the US, Finland and Korea, Valerie Kontakos returns with Mana, a documentary about the fiercest girl gang in Greek Orthodox church history! In the past five years, Kontakos has expanded her reach from production to doc workshops and screenings through non-profit Exile Room, actively supporting the local film community.

The Mana world premiere will take place on March 19 at 20.45 at the Pavlos Zannas Theater as part of the “Stories to Tell” section of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, taking place March 13-22. A second screening is scheduled for Saturday, 21/3 at 17:30 at the Tonia Marketaki Theater at the pier.

Check the trailer here and download hi res images here

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