Cinematherapy 2022

45th Drama International Short Film Festival

Project Manager: Denise Nikolakou – Synthetic Psychotherapist

An innovative programme that forms part of the activities of the Drama International Short Film Festival for the third consecutive year

Ever since it was first introduced to the audience, during the 43rd edition of the Festival in 2020 and up until the 45th in 2022, the Cinematherapy programme has been gaining momentum. In its third year of active presence, this year, it is one of the most important programmes within the festival’s activities.

Cinematherapy is defined as the use of films to stimulate and identify emotions or seek conclusions as part of the psychotherapy process. Cinematherapy is actually related to the ancient art of storytelling as an educational tool. Cinematherapy can be used to help viewers understand almost any topic, as cinema covers an extremely wide range of topics.

From the corridors of politics to the academic platforms, the world is now talking about global crises. Health, social, economic, energy, climate crisis, but also a crisis of nature and our security in general. The shock of the pandemic simply revealed the systemic weakness of our global economy and society with all its inequalities.

The priority of the economy can no longer be taken for granted. It is an era of culture wars, identity politics, nationalism, and geopolitical rivalries. It is also, as a result, an era of divisions between and within countries.

All of the above form the basic fabric of this year’s programme and naturally could not be excluded

The use of cinema as a tool in the provision of prevention and treatment services has seen a great increase in recent years. Access to educational and social programmes aimed at mental empowerment make it necessary and imperative to provide mental support to the general population. Cinematherapy, through entertainment, offers a wide range of communication possibilities, mainly because it helps the viewer manage the nature of their anxiety, contributing to the normalization of the experience in conditions of generalized crisis.

Tuesday 6/09 at the courtyard of the Cyclops Cultural Space: Screening of the film “Enemy Pie” (2019) by Derek Manson, illustrated by Tara Calahan King. The film tells the story of the creation of a friendship between two boys, but in reverse. From hatred to affinity and then an extraordinarily strong friendship. After the film there will be a discussion, with questions to understand the film and de-symbolize its content, with children under the guidance of Denise Nikolakou, the project manager.

Friday 9/09 at the Alexandros Open Air Theatre: screening of the vector illustration of the tv show “Agries Melisses” (2019-2022_ Director: Lefteris Charitos, Screenwriters: Melina Tsampani, Petros Kalkovalis.

This year, for the first time, there will be an attempt to analyze a tv show that became an absolute phenomenon. The series begins in 1958, after the German Occupation, and ends in 1974, during the military junta in Greece. A vector illustration for the first socio-political daily show in Greek TV. A deconstruction of the “holy” Greek family, while denouncing the stereotypes. There will be a Q&A session with the show director, Lefteris Charitos, and cast members.

• Saturday 10/09 Tribute to Pawel Pawlikowski (2022) A retrospective of his films, including his great documentaries for the BBC.

The Cinematherapy programme is now synonymous with the name Pawel Pawlikowski as the Oscar-winning director himself launched the programme with his film Cold War (2018) at the 43rd edition of the Drama International Short Film Festival in 2020. During the event, excerpts from his rich body of work will be screened, a cinematic collage from his 1st creative period of the BBC documentaries ( 1990-1995) (From Moscow to Pietushki, Dostoyevsky’s Travels, Serbian Epics, Tripping with Zhirinovsky) the 2nd, with fiction films from 1998-2004 (The Stringer, Last Resort, My Summer of Love) to the 3rd from 2011-2018 (The Woman in the Fifth, IDA, Cold War) There will be a discussion and Q&A with director Pawel Pawlikowski and artistic director and director Yannis Sakaridis. Denise Nikolakou will moderate the discussion and the psychological decipherment of his work.