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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.


September 28th, 2015


bow-tie-cinemasWatch 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 will open during the Manhattan leg of the festival, screening on Wednesday, October 21st at 9pm at the Bowtie Chelsea Cinema on 260 West 23 St. And the best part is, Valerie Kontakos will be there for a Q&A! The festival will move on to Cambridge and Atlanta, so make sure to check back with us for additional dates! If you care to take a gander around the festival website, you’ll find the first stretch of NYC screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image are already online and can be found right here. We’re tickled pink to be screening at Bow Tie, a family owned chain that got its start back in the 1900s through Vaudeville and currently owns 55 locations and close to 400 screens! Not to mention there’s a Doughnut Plant outpost right near the theater, so better show up early enough to grab a Tres Leches. See you there!



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