DOCUMENTARIES

Dear Visitors

If you are here for the first time, we would like to welcome you to our Festival's Film Theatre. Here you will discover a carefully curated collection of Documentaries to amuse and inspire you. The films are not Festival entries, but rather the outcome of our quest for high-quality films by Orthodox filmmakers. Our crew is always on the hunt for new Orthodox films to see. The majority of the films are free to watch, however certain producers may charge you per view. Click on the icons to see the movies.

Image by Sergey Pesterev

In the sixteenth century, during the trying times of Ottoman rule in Greece, an Athenian noblewoman dares to defy the authority of Suleiman the Magnificent. She frees men and women from the slave markets, paying for their liberation from her personal fortune. She sets up the first school for women in Greece and Europe, founds a hospital, and provides refuge for women, abused, pregnant, exposed to stoning, helping them to escape through the ancient tunnels beneath the town of Athens and to reach the islands. She is taken prisoner, tortured and put to death as a martyr in 1589. Descendant of the Byzantine imperial lineage of the Palaiologoi, she was a revolutionary well before the Greek Independence War in 1821 in which Greeks liberated their country from the Ottomans and founded the Greek state. She is Philothei, the Athenian saint.

Director: Maria Hatzimichali-Papaliou
Editing: Yiannis Tsitsopoulos 
Director of photography: Vangelis Koulinos
Sound: Aris Kafentzis
Music: Marios Aristopoulos

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20 Years Later. Lay Sisterhood of St Elisabeth Convent (with English subtitles & English for those with hearing impairment)

St Elisabeth Convent was founded in Minsk, Belarus, in 1999. The Convent is named after the Holy Martyr Elisabeth Romanov, and it draws its inspiration from the good works of Saint Martha and Maria Convent, which she established during her life. We are a convent that is open to the world and pursues an active social ministry in hospitals and long-term care institutions, in education, among bed-ridden patients, the disadvantaged and the poor.

For 20 years Sisters of mercy have been coming to St Elisabeth Convent. Our sisters are of different ages and from various backgrounds. They are teachers, architects, musicians and health workers. Coming to the Sisterhood was a life-changing moment for all of them. Every sister has a story to tell. The roads that they had to walk are different from one another. But God unites them with a common desire to serve their neighbour, making them closer to our heavenly patron, St Elisabeth.

In the sixteenth century, during the trying times of Ottoman rule in Greece, an Athenian noblewoman dares to defy the authority of Suleiman the Magnificent. She frees men and women from the slave markets, paying for their liberation from her personal fortune. She sets up the first school for women in Greece and Europe, founds a hospital, and provides refuge for women, abused, pregnant, exposed to stoning, helping them to escape through the ancient tunnels beneath the town of Athens and to reach the islands. She is taken prisoner, tortured and put to death as a martyr in 1589. Descendant of the Byzantine imperial lineage of the Palaiologoi, she was a revolutionary well before the Greek Independence War in 1821 in which Greeks liberated their country from the Ottomans and founded the Greek state. She is Philothei, the Athenian saint.

Director: Maria Hatzimichali-Papaliou
Editing: Yiannis Tsitsopoulos 
Director of photography: Vangelis Koulinos
Sound: Aris Kafentzis
Music: Marios Aristopoulos

Philothei the Athenian: The revolution of a woman (2019)

In the sixteenth century, during the trying times of Ottoman rule in Greece, an Athenian noblewoman dares to defy the authority of Suleiman the Magnificent. She frees men and women from the slave markets, paying for their liberation from her personal fortune. She sets up the first school for women in Greece and Europe, founds a hospital, and provides refuge for women, abused, pregnant, exposed to stoning, helping them to escape through the ancient tunnels beneath the town of Athens and to reach the islands. She is taken prisoner, tortured and put to death as a martyr in 1589. Descendant of the Byzantine imperial lineage of the Palaiologoi, she was a revolutionary well before the Greek Independence War in 1821 in which Greeks liberated their country from the Ottomans and founded the Greek state. She is Philothei, the Athenian saint.

Director: Maria Hatzimichali-Papaliou
Editing: Yiannis Tsitsopoulos 
Director of photography: Vangelis Koulinos
Sound: Aris Kafentzis
Music: Marios Aristopoulos

Image by Tom Robertson

The Great Return - The Renewal of Orthodoxy in Britain

In the sixteenth century, during the trying times of Ottoman rule in Greece, an Athenian noblewoman dares to defy the authority of Suleiman the Magnificent. She frees men and women from the slave markets, paying for their liberation from her personal fortune. She sets up the first school for women in Greece and Europe, founds a hospital, and provides refuge for women, abused, pregnant, exposed to stoning, helping them to escape through the ancient tunnels beneath the town of Athens and to reach the islands. She is taken prisoner, tortured and put to death as a martyr in 1589. Descendant of the Byzantine imperial lineage of the Palaiologoi, she was a revolutionary well before the Greek Independence War in 1821 in which Greeks liberated their country from the Ottomans and founded the Greek state. She is Philothei, the Athenian saint.

Director: Maria Hatzimichali-Papaliou
Editing: Yiannis Tsitsopoulos 
Director of photography: Vangelis Koulinos
Sound: Aris Kafentzis
Music: Marios Aristopoulos

Image by Andrey Grodz

St Elisabeth Feodorovna the New Martyr - English only

Ella was 19 when she and Serge married and she went to Russia. Eventually, after much study, thought and prayer, she decided to become an Orthodox Christian and she was received into the Orthodox Church in 1891. This conversion formally marked what had been a journey of faith as the Grand Duchess embraced Russia, her culture and her peoples and loved them as she loved her husband. A special video production about the life of Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna, presented by Russian Arts Specialist and writer Sophie Law.

Image by Tom Robertson

Zaveštanje/ Legacy, documentary directed by Ivan Jovic

In the sixteenth century, during the trying times of Ottoman rule in Greece, an Athenian noblewoman dares to defy the authority of Suleiman the Magnificent. She frees men and women from the slave markets, paying for their liberation from her personal fortune. She sets up the first school for women in Greece and Europe, founds a hospital, and provides refuge for women, abused, pregnant, exposed to stoning, helping them to escape through the ancient tunnels beneath the town of Athens and to reach the islands. She is taken prisoner, tortured and put to death as a martyr in 1589. Descendant of the Byzantine imperial lineage of the Palaiologoi, she was a revolutionary well before the Greek Independence War in 1821 in which Greeks liberated their country from the Ottomans and founded the Greek state. She is Philothei, the Athenian saint.

Director: Maria Hatzimichali-Papaliou
Editing: Yiannis Tsitsopoulos 
Director of photography: Vangelis Koulinos
Sound: Aris Kafentzis
Music: Marios Aristopoulos