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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.
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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