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When you think of Greece, visions of the crumbling remains of the Parthenon and Acropolis spring to mind. But, there is another form of Greek ghost town.
February 1, 2004

When you think of Greece, visions of the crumbling remains of the Parthenon and Acropolis spring to mind. But, there is another form of Greek ghost town.

In Silent Houses, London-based Nomadic Films travels to the remote villages of Eipirus, a region in Northern Greece where entire populations have left their rural roots for the opportunities found elsewhere. Today, villages that once teemed with hundreds of townsfolk are now home to just a handful, and in some cases, a single aged couple.

Silent Houses tells the stories of the people who choose to stay put while the rest of the world moved forward. Even as major cities sprout mere kilometers away, the hold-outs remain in these modest cobble-stoned villages that have stood for nearly 1,000 years, refusing to swerve from their antiquated ways. They eat what they’ve grown, drink water they’ve fetched, and use mules as their main mode of transportation.

By focusing on the elders of these villages, Silent Houses explores the notions of tradition, community and family values, and the fine balance between man and nature. Candid interviews will reveal why these villagers believe the simple ways of the past far outweigh the complexities of the present.

Shot in digital beta cam, the project carries a budget of US$70,000 and is scheduled to wrap in June 2004. Athens-based ERT1 has signed on to broadcast and distribute in Greece, and the National Bank of Greece has agreed to sponsor. Nomadic Films is offering the project in two formats – feature-length and as a 2 x 47-minute series. VM

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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