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Movies that Matter: Plato's Academy

  • Jun 10, 2014 · 8:00 PM

Join us for a special screening of Plato's Academy, a comedy about xenophobia in Greece, as part of our Movies that Matter film series featuring some of the most engaging and dynamic films about human rights. 

The film will be introduced by a speaker from Amnesty International, Susan Schutjes, who will also take questions after the screening. 

We have selected the most relevant, topical and generally interesting films from the programme of The Movies that Matter Foundation, an initiative of Amnesty International that organises wide-ranging film programmes in which human rights take centre stage. 

So come along, watch a movie and learn about human rights issues. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stavros and his three chauvinist friends hang out in front of his ill-frequented store at a peaceful square in Athens, while uttering condescending remarks about Albanian and Chinese people walking by. Their routine is disrupted when Stavros’ mother recognizes an Albanian worker as her lost son. What does this mean for his nationality? A Greek tragic comedy about xenophobia.

Seated on plastic chairs along the sideway, the four men, sucking noisily on a straw, comment on everything that goes on at their square. On the other side of the road, to their delight, a dog barks at every Albanian national that walks by. They demolish a monument for intercultural solidarity, placed in the middle of the junction. One thing is clear: they are not too fond of foreigners. 

A few yards away from them sits Stavros’ old mother, with a bored look on her face. She recently suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and is confused. When one day she takes an Albanian building worker for her son, Stavros believes she has gone insane. Doubt sets in, though, when his mother turns out to speak Albanian fluently. That turns his world upside down. 

Greece, Germany 2009, 103 min.

Fiction, Video, C

Spoken language: Greek, Albanian

Subtitles: Dutch, English

Official website:

Entry: 4 Euros

Awards: Ecumenical Jury Prize - Locarno International Film Festival 2009 Leopard for Best Actor - Locarno International Film Festival 2009 Youth Jury Prize - Locarno International Film Festival 2009 Best Feature Award - Tirana International Film Festival 2009 Silver Taiga Award for 2nd Best Feature Film - International Debut Film Festival 2010 Spirit of Fire - International Debut Film Festival 2010 Best Feature Film Award - Filmfestival del Garda 2010 Best Dramatic Feature Award - Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2010

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  • Lucy T.

    I am pleased to say we now will have and introduction to the film and Q&A session afterwards with a speaker from Amnesty :)

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • artur

    Wrong title

    May 2, 2014

    • Lucy T.

      Yes, I just noticed that!

      May 2, 2014

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