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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.
THE MANA SHOP IS BACK!
For those if you who followed our Mana progress religiously, you will probably remember we had a Mana shop when the website first got started. For a while there we had to do without, while the DVDs where in production and the film was being processed for a Vimeo on Demand slot, but we’re back with a vengeance!
ATHENS TECHNOPOLIS HERE WE COME!
Oh my, it’s been a while, huh? Well, here we are again and boy, do we have good news for you! If you’re in Athens, you can come meet us at the Athens Technopolis on Friday, April 22, as Mana will be screening at 7:45pm sharp! Valerie will be on hand for a Q&A session, so go ahead and ask her whatever you want!
WE’RE GOING TO NEW YORK!
  Watch out New Yorkers! Mana is going to be hitting the Big Apple very very soon! We’re very proud to announce that our film will be part of the New York City Greek Film Festival that takes place all around the city and beyond, starting October 2 and stretching all the way to November 8.
MANA ENJOYS DOMESTIC RELEASE STARTING 8/10!
Guess what? After, uuum, almost 4 years of hard work, “Mana” is finally hitting Greek theaters for everyone to enjoy on the big screen. Yup, we feel very lucky Valerie’s documentary is receiving a limited domestic release at the Greek Film Archive‘s boutique movie theater on Iera Odos (also known as “Lais”), despite the fact that local box office has been at an all-time low ever since last ...
LIFE @ DOKUFEST
Hey there Mana fans, we just got back from DokuFest in Kosovo and it was quite a ride! It looks like Prizren, the city where the festival took place, is a popular summer destination for teenagers looking to party until the wee hours of the morning! The good news is that, although we didn’t exactly fit this demographic, the festival was quite fun and we got to screen “Mana” at ...
MANA AT DOKUFEST KOSOVO + BORDERCROSSING TIPS!
DokuFest Kosovo welcomes “Mana” fresh off its international premiere at Pärnu International Film Festival in July. DokuFest’s 14th edition is a reflection on Migration, one of the most controversial issues in the modern world. With a curated film strand, photo exhibition, various talks and panel discussions, Migration is central to this year’s nuanced festival program.
MANA AT THE GREEK ARCHAEOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION
“MANA” by Valerie Kontakos will screen at the Greek Archaeologists Association garden in collaboration with the Greek Documentary Association on Thursday 30/07 at 9pm. This is the first time our beloved documentary will screen in our hometown and we cherish the opportunity to meet some of you, if you care to drop by. Director Valerie Kontakos will also be on hand for a Q&A session and we hope some of ...
MANA AT THE PÄRNU INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL!
Next stop: Pärnu, Estonia! The seaside city that combines history, tradition and some exceptional sightseeing will host the International Premiere of “Mana” by Valerie Kontakos and we couldn’t be happier. In case you’ve never heard of Pärnu – truth be told Tallinn and its colourful Old Town usually steals all the glory! – we’d be more than happy to introduce you.
THE 10 KICKSTARTER COMMANDMENTS
Well, hello there! Remember our famous Kickstarter campaign? Of course you do and, chances are, you probably backed us on that amazing journey. It’s been 2 years and 3 days (!!) and we still can’t help but feel thankful. One thing that hasn’t change in that interim is the importance of social media in promoting your cause, be it a crowdfunding campaign or the film itself.
MANA REVIEW BY FLIX.gr
Here’s a little treat for those of you waiting patiently for “Mana” to be screened at a movie theater near you: our first review! Premier film website Flix.gr attended the opening at the recent Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and envoy Manolis Kranakis delivered an insightful review that gave us goosebumps. Here it is, translated into English, gor your eyes only! Mother knows best! Valerie Kontakos documents a handful of nuns with ...
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