KARPOS | ‘Peoples in movement – Moving images’

Peoples in movement – Moving images

2/12/2022 – 17:00-19:00 @Trianon,Athens

Α screening of 5 short films created in the context of a film workshop by young student refugees.

All the films were created within the European project ‘Speak Up-Media For Inclusion’ co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the EU and the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports. The workshops were designed and implemented by Karpos.

KARPOS was founded in Athens, in 2008, to gather competencies and ideas in the field of Media Literacy and Audiovisual Education. KARPOS develops local and European projects encouraging expression and the exchange of views through the use of audiovisual and digital media, like how to develop narratives and how media can be introduced in educational environments, in order to empower both young and adult citizens and bring forward their own voices.


Small Worlds 

Khatereh is a mother of 3 children and lives in a room with her whole family. In the little time she has for herself, among housekeeping and the bureaucratic procedures of her refugee status she finds a way to create her own imaginative worlds with photography.

Director:  Khatereh Vaziri

Workshop Facilitator: Maria Leonida 

Language: Farsi

Subtitles: English, Greek


Khatereh Vaziri

Khatereh Vaziri is from Afghanistan and has been living in Greece with her family for three years. Photography has attracted her attention since she was a child. For her, photography and filmmaking is like a relationship between a mother and a child, a mother who loves her child. She hopes to continue photography and filmmaking in the future.


A life Long Day 

Saber Ansari uses drawing and film and asks us to guess the subject of his story.

Director: Saber Ansari

Workshop Facilitator: Maria Pesli

Language: English

Subtitles: English, Greek


Saber Ansari 

Saber Ansari was born in 2003 in Herat, Afghanistan. He is currently living in a small village in Düren, Germany where he attends high school. He attended middle school and elementary school in Iran. He was an actor in 2 short films and several theater productions (Poof by Vahid Omidi, European show by Rafika Chawishe). He is interested in filmmaking and storytelling.


Lavlu’s Dream

A nightmare is painfully repeated. A dream that becomes a guide of self-analysis and will be forever carved in his memory.

Director: Lavlu MD Lavlu, Mohammad Maruf, Athena Bentila

Workshop Facilitator: Maria Pesli

Language: Bengali

Subtitles: English, Greek


Lavlu MD Lavlu, Mohammad Maruf

Lavlu and Maruf came from Bangladesh and created this film when they were 17 years old, with the help of their mentor Athena Bentila. They enjoyed every minute of the creative process. The film is based on a true story and a traumatic experience of one of the two, that became a nightmare haunting his dreams, which stopped after the completion of the film. They currently reside in a European country and want to keep dreaming.



Physical expression and dance are Nilo’s love. They are considered dangerous in the Islamic State Regime in Iran. For this reason, Nilo is considered dangerous as well.

Director: Zahra Mojahed

Workshop Facilitator: Maria Pesli

Language: Farsi

Subtitles: Greek, English


Zahra Mojahed 

Zahra Mojahed is a Hazara from Afghanistan. As a Hazara she has been a refugee from birth, because in her country, being a Hazara is considered a crime. She got acquainted with photography and filmmaking in Greece. As a photographer, she collaborated with National Geographic. She made the documentary Nilo, which was screened at several festivals.


Lost in Darkness

Samira shares her deepest trauma and poses questions that concern a lot of young girls, and parents as well, regardless of where they grew up.

Director: :Feresthe Hussaini, Faezeh Hussaini, Faegheh Haidari, Asila Adib

Workshop Facilitator: Maria Pesli

Language: Farsi

Subtitles: English, Greek


Feresthe Hussaini, Faezeh Hussaini, Faegheh Haidari, Asila Adib

The Hussaini sisters met with Faegheh Haidari and Asila Adib at the Malakasa refugee camp. They share common artistic interests, dedicating time in music and drawing lessons. As young Hazara women from Afghanistan, they are active in women’s rights and gender relations. 


After the screenings, Maria Leonida and Maria Pesli will talk about the process of creating the workshops and films, the problems and solutions one might come across, and working with vulnerable groups of people through documentary filmmaking. The discussion will be lead by Alexia Tsouni, director and co-founder of ‘FemArtAct’.

Maria Leonida is a documentarian, director and co-founder of Karpos. She studied History, Art History and Film. She has directed documentaries in collaboration with ERT, GFC, ZDF, the E.B.U. and multimedia works. She was a collaborator of the ‘Melina Project’, she has written the curriculum for teaching Documentary in art high schools, has designed audiovisual workshops for the University of Athens, the University of Frankfurt, the British Council, WWF and for organizations in France, Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Italy and Turkey around documentary, film language, interdisciplinary education and new technologies. She is a member of the Film Literacy Advisory Group. She has presented her work in Greek and European conferences.

Maria Pesli is a director, a new media artist, cultural mediator and media workshop facilitator. She has completed a film degree in England and a postgraduate degree on Digital Art Forms in the Athens Conservatory of Arts and Cultural Management in Panteion University. She works mainly with photography, video and sound, the last few years she works with refugee and migrant groups in various artistic and research projects, focusing on identity issues, self expression, the idea of belonging, memory and life in the city.

Alexia Tsouni is a Civil Engineer and works as a Research Associate at the National Observatory of Athens. She is an activist in greek and international movements for human rights, peace and and non-violence. She is also the director of the films “Peace vs Piece” (2019) shot in Palestine, CoronaViolence” (2020) shot in Greece, “Back to Life” (2021) shot in Greece and Bangladesh, and “HANTUSH – a fairytale” (2022) shot in Palestine and Spain. She is president and co-founder of “FemArtAct” social cooperative enterprise for the inclusion of vulnerable groups, co-founder and member of the editorial committee of “To Mov” women’s rights association, vice-president of “Amnesty International – Greek Section”, president of the “European Bureau for Conscientious Objection”, and co-founder of the “Defence for Children International Greece”.