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Christos Anesti - Easter in Greece
Year: 2011
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Werner Zips

ORF/3sat
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (VOICE-OVER)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9 , 16:9

Christos Anesti - Easter in Greece

Osterfeiern am Peloponnes


Monemvasia on the southern Peloponnes in Lakonia is considered to be one of the most reflective places in which to celebrate Easter. The historic lustre of the medieval town takes on a new complexion. The car-free fortress town is synonymous with the mystically intense experience of the death and resurrection of Christ. On the other side of the Parnon mountain ridge, Easter is celebrated quite differently. In Leonidio, the capital of Arcadia, the resurrection is positively bombed into being. Since time immemorial the male population has bombarded the small town, which lies between two rock faces, with home-made dynamite bombs. Even during the celebration of the resurrection on Easter Saturday, the detonations drown out the entire liturgy. This documentary shuttles between the two contrasting poles of Leonidio and Monemvasia in order to capture the meaning of Easter in both the orthodox faith and everyday life. In times of crisis in particular, the festival of the resurrection takes on an even greater symbolic importance.

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