Grannies, Sappho's granddaughters is a short film shot in Lesvos by cinematographer Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Making their own mark ... Grannies, Sappho’s Granddaughters presents four women of Lesvos: Aged but strong in spirit, grounded in the soil and history of the island, recalling life with humour and wisdom. Angeliki throws away the photos of those who have passed away, Myrsini sings a capella an Amanes song in the living room of her country house, a woman in the park caresses her cat, a substitute for her dead husband, and Photo proudly claims that she never cared about marriage, because she wanted to be free. The grannies ask for nothing except to be recognised as the heroes of their own lives.
Grannies, Sappho’s Granddaughters is part of a series shot in Lesvos, during the financial and migrant crisis under the title Silent Path. The series is filmed with a poetic approach, without seeking the classic documentation. It deliberately follows the natural course of the meetings with the characters, without aiming at a pre-determined outcome, leaving space for emotions and the unexpected. The aim of the series is to give a voice to everyday people who live their lives quietly, but know how to share, laugh, create, love, endure and keep on going with dignity, preserving a way of living in harmony with their environment. This is the "intangible cultural heritage" of Greece of Europe, the culture of everyday life of ordinary people with knowledge, practices and traditions, that are often deeply rooted in time, and to this day still define our collective memory and identity.
Directed by: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Cinematography by: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Editing by: Yorgos Savoglou, Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Color Grading: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou, Yorgos Savoglou
Sound editing by: Nikos Palamaris
Production manager: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Executive Producer: Massive Productions
Produced by: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou, Anemos Dimiourgias, Massive Productions