23rd ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

AIFF.GR
  • Nothing About Us Without Us: Cinema and Disability

    The issue of disability in film is as old as the art of cinema which ironically exists thanks to a human structural imperfection, the afterimage. The irony is that we are used to a stereotypical and distorted depiction of disabled people on the big screen, therefore participating silently to its perpetuation. The association of on-screen disability with “Academy award winning performances” is a journalistic cliche, while in the “golden age of Greek cinema” (which semantically ends with “Maria of Silence”) it identifies with “easy” melodrama.

    AIFF opens a window to a different reality, prompting the dialogue for disabled people’s obvious rights to an equal opportunities society; the right to work and create, to fall in love, to watch films in the same theatres, to survive as it is shown through four classic films and four first screening outstanding films.

    The Movement of Artists with Disabilities’ help in the effort to define the sociological and cinematic frame for discussion was valuable. Furthermore it supplements the screenings with open discussions (and also gives the activist urgency which is necessary for the desired message to overcome the trite limits of a festival section).

    Moreover, thanks to this collaboration, AIFF is proud to make the first screening of an audio described foreign film in Greece, opening up to an audience that is regularly deprived of the full cinematic experience.

    The tribute entitled “Nothing About Us Without Us: Cinema and Disability” is implemented by the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and its co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek National Funds.

  • Defiant Lives

    Activists with disabilities, in action. The Anglo-Saxon version of the fight of emancipated people and people without guardians, for social justice and a claim for their political and social rights achieved through the use of a significant body of archival material accompanied by a contemporary narrative as well as well-founded interviews with academics and activists of the disability studies field. Sarah Barton's “Defiant Lives” constitutes a guide for the emancipation of disabled people around the world, and promises 90 rewarding minutes for all those fighting for dignity and justice. Free entry

  • Dina

    Dina and Scott, both with high-functioning autism, bear their hearts on camera before taking that final commitment step, making this one of the most unexpected and honest romances to grace the big screen in recent years. U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary. Free entry

  • Freaks

    The horror genre has never been defined by such strong visuals as the deformity of real-life “freaks” followed by the monstrous behaviour of those who torment them. The original subject of the film was responsible for ruining Browning's career, who dared to present something the world wasn't ready to see in 1933. “Freaks”, however, is generally considered to be one of the best films in the history of cinema. Free Entry

  • Keep the Change

    David is autistic and is taken to a support group against his will. It is there that he meets Sarah, an open-hearted girl who might change his life if he allows her to. Israel's award winning debut, which thrilled audiences at the Tribeca film festival, is more than just an overturning romantic comedy set against a New York backdrop, it makes a decisive statement with regards to tolerance and human diversity. Free Entry

  • My Left Foot

    An Academy Award success, starring the one and only Daniel Day Lewis in the role of the Irish author and painter Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and who wrote his life's story with his left foot. Digitally restored version. Free Entrance

  • Plot 35 / Carre 35

    French actor Éric Caravaca tries to find out information about the sister he never met only to discover that every trace of Charlotte has been meticulously erased. Guilty family secrets and sinful stories of the French colonies are pieces of a puzzle of dark revelations and wounds that never healed. Free entry

  • Struggle of the Blind

    On the 2 nd May 1976 about 300 visually impaired people took over the “Home of the Blind” demanding a policy change, as up to that point the establishment had been under control of the Archdiocese of Athens. For the first time in Greece, people with disabilities overcame their marginalisation and demanded that the government intervene while also trying to sensitize all citizens to their struggle. Mary Hatzimihali-Papaliou's documentary reached Europe making the struggle of Greek visually impaired people a matter for the whole of the civilised world to address. In attendance of the director. Free entry

  • The Miracle Worker

    The true story of author, political activist and lecturer (the first deaf and blind person to receive a degree in Fine Arts) Helen Keller who at 19 months old found herself deaf and blind and created a method of communicating with her environment through the tenacious efforts of her instructor Annie Sullivan. Arthur Penn (“Bonnie and Clyde”) transforms Helen Keller's life story into a sensational celebration of the will to live. Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won the Academy Awards for Actress in a Leading Role and Actress in a Supporting role respectively. Free entry