Kisses to the Children

Vassilis Loules, Greece, 2011, color / black and white, video, 125'
Synopsis

Five Greek-Jewish children who were saved by Christian families during the German Occupation, five "Hidden Children" who lived in total silence, tell their stories. Stories of terror, anguish and confusion but also stories of salvation and carefree childhood into the arms of strangers. Secret Gardens of Eden, nests of love away from the horror of the Holocaust. Five children were forced to mature abruptly.
Rosina, Iossif, Eftyhia, Shelly and Marios grew old, carrying the memory of those children who were never given time to grow up.
The movie focuses on these persons, revealing secret aspects of their lives and invaluable personal documents. It also depicts the life of the Greek Jewish Communities before the War, complemented with rare images of Occupied Greece from archival material, as well as amateur films by German soldiers and illegal footage shot by Greek patriots.
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Docs for Sale information

Available versions: color / black and white, video, 125'
Spoken languages: Greek
Subtitling: English
Sales remarks: For the moment, only Greece is not available anymore.

Besides the theatrical version (125 mins), the film is going to be also available in two extra versions (with new Sound Mix, new Color Correction and revised English Subtitles) : 3x45' TV series (with extra materials), and 2x52' TV series (cut version).
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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece (March 11-20, 2011), where the film was screened with the working title "CHILDREN IN HIDING".
IDFAcademy Summer School 2016 April 12, 2016 | The IDFAcademy Summer School has announced the sixteen selected projects for the 2016 edition of the week-long training program, held July 4-9.
Ally Derks announces her departure from IDFA in 2017 April 5, 2016 | Having spent almost thirty years at the head of IDFA, founder and festival director Ally Derks has decided to leave the festival in 2017, after the festival's 30th anniversary. Derks: "That seems like a good moment to say farewell and pass on the baton to the next generation."
IDFA Bertha Fund announces February 2016 selection April 5, 2016 | Eleven documentary projects from countries including Colombia, Kenya, Georgia and Iran will be supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund through its classic scheme. Another nine projects have been selected in the new IBF Europe category.
IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop announces 2016 tutors April 5, 2016 | The IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop 2016 will be tutored by filmmakers Petra Lataster-Czisch and Catherine van Campen. The deadline for entry is April 8.

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