Mr. Dimitris and Mrs. Dimitroula is a short film shot in Lesvos by cinematographer Tzeli Hadjidimitriou“A rose is a rose no matter how you call it”
Dimitris lives her life in Skala Skamnias, the conservative Greek fishing village where she was born. She nursed her dying parents and now lives alone, able, at last to enjoy her femininity by dancing in the street to old pop records, watched by her cat.
Misunderstood by family but celebrated by journalists covering the refugee crisis, her resilience is captured by the camera. She recalls time spent away from Lesvos and conscription into the Greek army. Gently observed and interviewed by a Lesbian filmmaker similarly aware of what it means to grow up different in a tiny traditional community, their shared humanity and mutual respect shine through this touching biographical film.
A few words on Dimitris
When, in 2015, thousands of refugees started arriving on the island of Lesvos on boats, foreign reporters and volunteers could not help but notice Dimitris, dressed up to the nines, strolling in the square, among worn-out faces, crying children and women wrapped in burkas. It was then that for the first time, some wanted to listen to her story.
When the tension diminished and Skala Sikaminias was out of the limelight, Dimitris was left alone once again amongst the villagers she had grown up with.
One day, in 2016, I came across Dimitris dancing in the street outside her house, with just the family cat, Dimitroula, as her audience. I got to know them both and visited with my camera on several occasions. This is Dimitris' story as she told it to me.
Directed by: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Cinematography by: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Editing by: Yorgos Savoglou, Tzeli Hadjidimitriou Panagiotis Gakis
Color Grading: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Sound editing: Stefanos Vlahoulis
Subtitles: Melissanthi Giannousi
Production manager: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Executive Producer: Massive Productions
Produced by: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou, Anemos Dimiourgias, Massive Productions