Kalamata ShortDocs

Creative Documentary Center
The film is available for a certain number of online screenings during the festival.


Christos was born in a small village in northern Greece, Sklithro. Born in 1927, my grandfather has experienced up close all of Greece's modern history, poverty, World War II, civil war, exile and ideological racism due to his political beliefs when he returned to Greece. In the film he shares the circumstances and stories that marked his life and made him the person he is today. At his side he has Valentina. They have been together for almost the last sixty years.
He met her on the train from Greece to Russia. She is also a communist. They married in Russia and had their first child, Apostolos, there. My grandfather worked in Russia as a manufacturer, and my grandmother in a clothing factory. After eight years they decided to return to Greece. Soon after they had their second baby, John, my father. My father decided to work next to my grandfather and learn to build. I still remember all those stories they shared with me over the years we lived together. From the time he only had a slice of bread to eat for three days, to the time he had to visit the local police station because he was a member of a communist party during the civil war.
For all these reasons I want to share his story. Because in these complicated times I want to remind people what it's like to fight for something, for your family and for your country. I want to share this story. I want people to get to know old Christos.

  • Writers: Evangelos Krikonis
  • Producers: Evangelos Krikonis
  • Cinematographer / DOP: Evangelos Krikonis
  • Editor: Evangelos Krikonis
  • Sound: Evangelos Krikonis


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