While We Live

by Andrea Voets, Myrto Papadogeorgou , Netherlands, Greece, 2020, 80’

In “While We Live”, musical journalist Andrea Voets makes a social roadtrip around Greece, in search of a way out of fundamental loneliness in society. Along with dozens of ordinary Greeks and Greek musicians, she deciphers their tools on meaningful contact and the social logic they live by. The journey takes us from the metropolis of Athens to the remote island of Lipsi and the mountains of Epirus. We listen in on conversations about trust, openness, sharing, closeness, the experience of time and tears-without-words. We have a secret peek into fundamental, ancient values that lie at the base of meaningful contact: practical ethics, filotimo & filoxenia and a surprising concept of catharsis & glenti. The journey ends in a concert hall in Amsterdam. There, conversations and images turn into a documentary-concert, in which live music by three musicians expresses the layers of meaning that cannot be put into words.

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