Athina – a place, a state of play and a state of mind.
The documentary is a snapshot picture of a town trying to recover from an economical, humanitarian and socio-political maelstrom.
Produced, directed & filmed by Vanessa Moussa, over four seasons, the film observes a handful of protagonists.
“Athina” tells the story of people looking for something that was taken away from them: refugees looking for a home, young people looking for a future, rebels looking for a cause, and a country looking to get its dignity back.
Ultimately, the film is about life and survival in times of global crisis.
It sets in Athens, at a time that follows the biggest economic crisis since World War II, a wave of mass migration and the inability of the newly elected radical left government, to end austerity.
Inevitably, refugees and migrants are very present throughout the film. However, this is not a documentary about the migrant crisis, nor a film on the financial crash.
The documentary draws an intimate portrait of the Greek capital. It takes a humanistic approach and shines a light on the resilience that prevails. Rather than taking an alarmist tone, it focuses on capturing the spirit of the place.
At a time of growing anxiety and uncertainty blowing throughout the world, the documentary looks at Athens for a better understanding of the way we live today.
Directed & Filmed by Vanessa Moussa
Film Editing & Sound Design: Marios Kleftakis
Music: Florian Rosset & Marios Kleftakis
Production: Dapa Doupa Films