Monday, February 13, 2012

A documentary film is to shed light on one of the darkest pages in Modern Greek history: Three Candles tells the story of thousands of women exiled to the small island of Trikeri, at Pagasitikos Gulf.
During the 1946-1949 Greek Civil War, thousands of citizens involved with the left-wing Democratic Army, even by mere association, were sent to concentration camps on isolated islands.

Trikeri received thousands of exiled women, many of whom were with their children. The documentary is an account of their struggle to survive, and their desperate efforts to turn an almost deserted island into a place of life and culture.

Years after the camp had been phased out, seven surviving notebooks, written by exiled women of Trikeri and buried under a tree, have surfaced. Filmmakers Stavroula Toska from Greece and Sophia Antonini from the United States and of Argentinean descent used this unique material and recorded further testimonies and memories for the documentary being produced by the independent film production company Orama Pictures.

The film will be narrated by acclaimed Academy award winning actress Olympia Dukakis, who said that the film tells the story of women "who demonstrated the meaning of self-respect, displaying courage and the will to create, with ethos and knowledge."

Three Candles is expected to be screened at international festivals in 2012.