This download is NOT a series and the film has a duration of 52 minutes. A GREEK subtitled version is also included.
Far in the Aegean Sea, lies an island turning its back on the crisis.
Ikaria is a land made up of remote mountain villages, hidden in a dense ancient forest of pine and oak. The Greek State has long neglected this distant area, but today, something is changing.
With unemployment reaching over 60% among young people in Greece this year, a growing number of unemployed Athenians are moving to the countryside, hoping to change their lives for the better.
The film follows 29 year old Theodoris, a former computer programmer in Athens, as he moves to the island, attempting to live off the land. Together with a group of recently arrived Athenians, he discovers that the Ikarians have preserved an age-old way of life that has allowed them to become fiercely independent and intensely communal. The island preserves a gift economy, which encourages its inhabitants to exchange goods and services, while practising several professions. Ikarians are thus frequently honey-gatherers, winemakers, farmers and carpenters at the same time.
Theodoris also discovers that Ikarians live not only better, but longer than their Greek and European counterparts. The island is one of the few "blue zones" of the planet, where residents enjoy extraordinary longevity: one third of the population exceeds ninety, and Ikarians are ten times more likely than Europeans to pass 100 years of age.
From a society with a radically different economic structure and from a people with unique skills of cooperation, we witness life at the easternmost edge of Europe and learn if it’s possible to live better with less.
“Little Land” premiered at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival 2013, winning the WWF AWARD and the ERT3 BROADCASTING AWARD. It was screened prime time on ARTE on August 15th, in the context of a special theme day dedicated to Greece.
The film was also a finalist in the International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary and won the Second Feature Documentary Award at the Filmambiente Environmental Film Festival in Brazil.
The film is directed by Nikos Dayandas, who in 2012 won the URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary at the Monte Carlo Television Festival and the Fipresci Critic’s Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival for his ARTE-ERT documentary «Sayome»