Feeling of a Home

country, year
Greece, 2017

short documentary

running time

directed by
Michalis Kastanidis, Io Chaviara

Arabic, Greek, Kurdish


about the film
In 2016, an old lady from Idomeni, a small Greek village on the Greek-Macedonian border, remembers stories about locals who crossed the borderline and never came back. At the same time, the border is sealed closing the route to thousands of refugees trying to reach Northern Europe, and a settlement of 15.000 people has been built right next to the village. Some Palestinians from Syria decide they will no longer passively wait for the border to open. They set up a kindergarten and thus initiate relationships that allow them to exist in the present, to envision the future and to create conditions that bring them closer to a feeling of a home.

about the authors
Io Chaviara is a visual artist. She has participated in international exhibitions, she has been co-curating workshops and documentary festivals in Athens and Beirut. Her artworks consist of essays, lectures, performances, installations, curating projects and documentaries. Feeling of a Home is her first film.

Michalis Kastanidis is a film-maker and co-founder of Fabula productions based in Athens, Greece. He has studied visual anthropology and ethnographic film in Barcelona.

festivals and awards
19th Thessaloniki documentary Festival, 2017