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SHORT SYNOPSIS

In 1962, a group of young women made headlines in Greece by running away to join a convent. Each time they were captured and sent back to their families, but they kept trying until they finally succeeded. Uninterested in praying all day, they started a shelter, providing a family for abandoned and abused children. Half a century later, the surviving founders are still running the Lyrio Children's Village without help from church or state, raising infants without a wedding band. This film tells the story of their vision and how they've changed the lives of more than 500 hundred children's so far - simply by taking their fate into their own hands.

director of photography PANTELIS MANTZANAS, GIANNIS MISOURIDIS editing DIMITRIS PEPONIS sound DIMITRIS KANELLOPOULOS sound design ALEXANDROS SIDIROPOULOS, ARIS LOUZIOTIS  sound re-recording mixer KOSTAS VARYBOPIOTIS  music ELLY PASPALA executive producer KATHRYN HUNTER producers VALERIE KONTAKOS, DESPINA PAVLAKI written & directed by VALERIE KONTAKOS

an EXILE FILMS production

VALERIE KONTAKOSDIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Valerie was born and raised in NY, studied film at NYU and dived into documentary head-first when she met up with the inimitable David and Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens).

DESPINA PAVLAKIPRODUCER

Despina studied Communication and Mass Media in Athens and Creative Documentary in Barcelona. She decided to stick to documentary when she realized reality is stranger than fiction.

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