Y1- “Silence of the Deep”
Documentary 93 min, 2019
A journey to the unexplored shipwreck of the legendary submarine Y1 “Lambros Katsonis” and its heroic crew, during World War II, brought up on screen for the first time in history.
In September 1943, after an epic naval battle, Y1 was sunk by a German destroyer near the Greek island of Skiathos. Survivors retained its memory through personal diaries, books, official reports to the Hellenic Royal Navy and narratives to their relatives.
We intend to pull its untold story from the silence of the deep, by combining historical findings with modern creative tools. For the first time, with the help of state-of-the-art technology, we dive into 250 meters depth, in search of the unexplored wreck of the submarine.
Documentary 76 min, 2018
Documentary 100 min, 2016
In 2003, “ΝΑΟΥΔΟΜΟΣ”, a group of scientists, began reconstructing a prehistoric penteconter as part of an experimental nautical archaeology research program. This is the ship’s tale, from choosing the trees to its two-year-long construction and its eventual trip to sea. The Argonauts’ mythical ship endured ten thousand strokes a day to travel from Volos to Ancient Colchis. Our modern-day Argo has to complete a 1.200-mile journey in 60 days. Will the 74 volunteer rowers withstand the trial? Or will this Argonautic expedition founder, thus turning into an endless odyssey?
Documentary 66 min, 2015
In the mountainous landscape of Naxos, a Cycladic island, the villagers make a living out of collecting… stones. Ever since the Ottoman rule, six communities have had the right to mine emery, or “smyrigli”, which is hidden in mount Ammomaxi. In the old days, the black stone, used as an abrasive was very in demand. Nowadays, it is given to the government in return for health and pension insurance. The workers struggle with their barren fields in order to earn a living. The younger generations flee. “Without emery, our villages will perish,” Yannoulis tells us.
The right to work in the mines is reserved to 400 men, whose chief concern is whether the government will continue its mining activities. “Smyrigli” is their life, their history. Will it have a future, though? Should they take its fate into their own hands?