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Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Salomon Ligthelm

Country: Greece
Language: Greek
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 6min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Cinema 360º

A war to keep the peace. In the small village of Vrontados on the Greek island of Chios, there is unrest. For over a century, parishioners of two Greek Orthodox churches have engaged in a battle on Holy Saturday, firing more than 100,000 homemade rockets at each other’s churches once the sun goes down.This film is a reflection of a sense of devotion that feels lost in the modern world. Seeing people with so much passion for the craft and tradition of rocket-making was invigorating to witness while filming. The idea of giving your heart and soul over to something that you love is at the core of the story. We’re all after something we can give our lives to, something that can help create deeper connections with each other. It’s strange to think that this tradition can do it – but that’s a reality for many in Vrontados. They live and breathe rockets, and that’s what brings them together, especially during their Easter holiday.Its origin is unclear. One theory holds that churches on the island faked a civil war during the Turkish occupation so they could celebrate Easter without being plagued by war. Accordingly the ruse worked, as the Turks kept a safe distance, allowing the villagers to attend Easter Mass.

Screening as part of the DON’T DROP THESE SHORTS program


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Director: Salomon Ligthelm
Producer: Alex Friedman
Screenwriter: Salomon Ligthelm

Music: Ryan Taubert
Cinematographer: Khalid Mohtaseb
Editor: Salomon Ligthelm

Cast: Marcos Boulas, Marcos Matthaios, Kostas Matthaios, Anna Stratakia, Father Emmanouil Giotis