Are still Greek people shocked by an act of affection and intimacy coming from a homosexual (lesbian) couple in public? Is public trust and tolerance, demonstrated to the private moments coming from a straight couple, equally shared to lesbian couples, as well? This mini documentary uses a social experiment technique to answer the above questions. GreekTV has committed itself to present, equally, subjects that concern the whole spectrum of Greek society and to promote diversity.
Is public trust and tolerance, demonstrated to the private moments coming from a straight couple, equally shared to lesbian couples, as well?
It is no secret that Greek society is a patriarchal one. The close relationship of the Greek state to the orthodox Greek church is still preventing equal right laws, claimed from the Greek LGBT community (like the cohabitation agreement) to become official state laws. On top of that, there is great lack of representation from traditional media. Discussing about homophobia and prejudice with lesbian women, many complained that expressing intimacy to their partners, in public, has caused from intense staring by people around them to bullying and homophobic outbursts. Things are even worse for transgender or transvestite people.
The result is a fresh, spontaneous and honest look into the lives of greek lesbian and bisexual women.
GreekTV commissioned the first original video for the launch of its LGBT section to be a mini documentary from members of a collective of lesbian and bisexual women, an inside look at issues that concern bisexual and lesbian women in Greece.
The members of the collective after an open invitation and rounds of discussion decided to ask from a lesbian couple to be openly intimate in downtown Athens, especially the Athens central food market (Varvakios Agora) and Monastiraki square, in order to investigate how the people around them would react and what would the impact be for the two women. Before that, they have shared thoughts, stories and worries about their life and their rights in contemporary Greece with the crew and the director and host Rebecca Varnali. The result is a fresh, spontaneous and honest look into the lives of greek lesbian and bisexual women.
The video was created by
Members of CineCollectiva (Σινεκολεκτίβα), an open Facebook Group that has been formed by women active in the field of Greek Cinema either professionally or amateurly. Their main goal is to empower themselves as female artists and creators through collectivity.
Creative Producer: Nina Foufa
Nina is a documentary director and editor, she has graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she is currently Post Production manager in vice.com-Greece.
Director – Host: Rebecca Varnali
Rebecca Varnali is a director and she lives in Athens. She currently directs short films and she works in commercials and TV series. She wants to express diversity in her own work. She is an active member of the LGBTQ community.
Camera: Ypatia Kornarou
Ypatia is a photographer that lives and works in Athens. Her work includes photojournalism, portraits, theatre and dance photography. Theatre and travel photography present to her a strong challenge for new discoveries. Ypatia also teaches photography in “Spring People” cultural center.
Camera: Sofia Zachariadi
Sophia Zachariadi is a freelance photographer. She collaborates with several sites, such as Vice, Avopolis, Popaganda, etc, Her main focus is the coverage of political issues and social struggles, in an attempt to stand critically towards contradictions. She recently travelled to Nepal, where she met the local LGBT community. Currently she lives in Athens with four cats.
Editing: Nikoleta Leousi
Nikoleta Leousi graduated as a chemical engineer and immediately afterwards studied filmmaking. She worked for two years on the pre-production of the feature film “The Building manager” directed by Periklis Choursoglou. In 2009 she went to Manchester for an MA course where she specialized in directing and editing. She returned to Greece where she has been working as an editor in short films and television series and a director of short films.
Video produced by Eirini Steirou and GreekTV.com
Article photos by Ypatia Kornarou and Sofia Zachariadi