Passengers (2007)

Single-screen video
miniDV, colour, stereo sound, 13 mins 37 secs
The film was produced during the International Workshop for Young Artists (May 2007)
Parallel Program of the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art: Heterotopias
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Passengers was filmed in Nicopolis, a newly built shantytown area in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece and focuses on an immigrant community of Greek-Pontiac descent (originally from the coast of the Black Sea in Turkey) that came to the city from Kazakhstan in the beginning of the nineties. The film begins with a static view of the area from above and follows a woman walking in the distance.  It then concentrates on the stories narrated by the community about their experiences of exile within the Soviet Union, about coming to Greece and the difficulties they faced trying to set up a new life. Their stories are told as a voice-over juxtaposed over tracking shots of deserted derelict trains and of their neighbourhood streets. The film uses documentary modes, but it does not try to identify, classify, indexify or justify the existence and the spaces created by the community. It actually takes a lyrical reflexive tone that attempts to reveal the position of the maker and the impossibility of documenting all aspects of a perceived reality. The image is what grounds us to a specific reality while the fragmented voice-over populates the spaces and tries to deny its role as an explanation of images.