Milad - My Planet...

Milad and his siblings learn in a violent way how one can find their planet, when their father has to face the hard dilemma: should he send one of his children, unaccompanied, and thus save the whole family?

Jelani married a woman from a different tribe. To avoid getting killed, they fled their country. On foot – and any other way possible – they finally arrived at a river, months later. Some die crossing it; others manage to swim across and enter Europe. But, once they set foot in Greece, the first adjacent European country, they found themselves homeless and socially excluded, without being able to move on or go back. The only solution is to travel illegally to Germany, that’s what the smugglers say. They don’t have enough money for the whole family to pass. Jelani faces this dilemma and has to choose. If one of the children leaves unaccompanied and arrives in Germany sound and safe, it will be able to bring the whole family there. Jelani’s children will have to learn violently what it’s like to discover their own planet or how they can create one from scratch – and whether Germany is the solution or just a new nightmare.

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The Return

Can theater as an education and rehabilitation medium help underage inmates, who stage their own lives, to overcome the limitations and obstacles of prison?

Can theater become an educational and rehabilitation medium for underage inmates who have no chance of escaping disobedience?
In a teenage prison, the inmates stage their own lives and become protagonists of a film that attempts to overcome the limitations and obstacles of a “correctional” institution.

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My Cotton Family

Will these pregnant women or with underage children, alone, find a shelter and be reunited with their families that are scattered around the world?

Mothers with their underage children or pregnant women, alone, persecuted in their countries for political and social reasons, find shelter in a house in Syngrou Avenue, Athens, where a group of specialists help them integrate in society and find the members of their families that are scattered in other countries. These women, who had no other choice than exile, find in that shelter the support they need in order to lawfully redefine their future in a strange continent.

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Beyond Limits

A school in a juvenile prison? Can underage inmates - convicted for life to recidivism - find the means there to make a new start in their lives?

A prison turns into a bright pause from hard life, when a group of teachers decides to found a school in juvenile prison of Avlona; as a result, knowledge and culture invade the young inmates’ lives, who would not have access to them in any other way. The years of detention become a useful flash of light in the lives of people who grow old deprived of basic social rights and convicted to recidivism. In prison’s school, they find the means to make a new start. Will they make it?

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Theatre and Reality

Can documentary and reality become a theatrical play where the “protagonists” redefine institutions and their own lives on stage?

Document and reality become a theatrical performance and real life heroes become the “protagonists” of their own lives on stage, demanding a better prospect.
The protagonists of the documentary theater play are the people of Lygourio village who, through their narration on stage, depict the history of Epidaurus Festival, along with some doubts about this institution, and the Greek Railways employees who discover the importance of the railways both in their lives and the history of modern Greek life.

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Greek Animal Rescue

Why are wounded stray dogs from Greece so popular for adoption abroad? Is there a hope for the ill-fated dogs, and an ill-fated area near Athens?

A gravely ill, abused three-legged stray dog, abandoned in the industrial desert of Aspropyrgos, a town near Athens; a London-based charity whose mission is to help the neglected animals of Greece; a group of young volunteers who patrol Aspropyrgos and attend to the strays – these are the characters of the film found in a nightmarish place, a hellhole for many abandoned animals. Does the sick three-legged hound stand any chance of getting adopted, becoming healthy again and running across the fields of Essex? Why are the Greekies – the strays from Greece – so popular when it comes to being adopted abroad? With an unexpected ending, the film tries to discover whether there is any hope for the doomed dogs and for a doomed area outside Athens.
A cinematic allegory of the Greek circumstances during the crisis based on true stories taking place in “invisible” districts near Athens that tourists and Athenians often ignore. The stories of stray animals depict – with a cinematic precision – everything that happens in Greece in times of crisis and motivate a London based charity, that discovered this by chance, to start a European campaign aiming at awakening all those who live “protected” and trapped in big cities.

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Six Greeks put their real stories on stage and wonder whether they should stay in Greece during the crisis or go. So, will they stay or will they go?

Six Greeks perform their true stories on stage wondering whether they should stay in the Greece of the crisis or leave. A German tries to understand whose fault this is and all together they attempt a new kind of theatre that turns documentary into a theatrical play. The camera follows the true lives of the heroes both in Berlin and Athens and along with the audience gets involved in the real stories of the protagonists that play themselves on stage. So, should they stay or should they go?

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The Second Chance

Is there ever a second chance in real life? A young inmate from Lithuania learns Greek in the prison’s school and aspires to study at the Technical University. Will he make it?

“…You go out in the yard. On a bench, you find some prisoners talking about how they will break the law without getting caught. On other benches, prisoners talk about drugs and Kalashnikovs. And suddenly, you see a big Lithuanian guy with some other inmates of the same proportions playing chess…”
These are the words of a music teacher that is currently incarcerated in the Special Youth Detention Center in Avlona, Greece.
Is there ever a second chance in real life? A young man from Lithuania finds himself imprisoned in a youth detention center in a foreign country where he doesn’t even speak the language. He can either stay in his cell and give up everything or find a way to redefine his life. He may even try to learn Greek in the prison’s school, discover his hidden talents and study at the Technical University one day. Will he succeed?
For three years, he strives to fulfill these seemingly unattainable goals as the camera records his anguish to start his life from scratch.

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Can drones support - for peaceful purposes - Third World cities that find themselves secluded because of weather conditions and poverty? A new network of transportation and communication, or a science-fiction scenario?

Andreas Raptopoulos, an engineer from Greece, travels around the world and invents new applications that try to find a solution to social problems. In Singularity University, in NASA’s premises, organized by another scientist of the Greek diaspora, Peter Diamandis succeeds in making a utopian dream come true: Raptopoulos is the first one to build drones for peaceful purposes as a means to help Third World populations and cities that find themselves secluded because of weather conditions and poverty. A course that starts in a Technical School in Greece, and passes from London before going to San Francisco, Silicon Valley,, and finally the steep mountains of Mongolia, creating a new network for transportation and communication, which is no longer science fiction.

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Start Up Means... I Begin

Unemployed Greeks find ways to carry out venturesome dreams and impossible ideas by giving birth to dynamic and ambitious startups in Silicon Valley.

Unemployed Greeks, trying to promote their business abroad, arrive at Silicon Valley. The successful Greeks of California support and guide them by financing their bold dreams and impossible ideas, giving birth to new startups. Some of these startups become sought-after and are sold to big companies, like Tech behemoth Google, while their creators present them on camera, describing the whole process, the know-how, exonerating failure, giving a significant meaning to innovation.

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My Raft

The jobless “new poor” in times of crisis through the first Greek street-magazine find again their hopes so they can get a home, a job, study and a position in the society that has excluded them.

They found themselves homeless in a city that doesn’t know how to help them. The jobless “new poor” of our country have no hope. John Bird, an ex-homeless man and the homeless street paper he created in London, is the starting point, and, through his advice, the film follows Christos Alefantis and his team, as they lay the basis for their “Raft”, the Greek street paper “Shedia”. The camera documents the printing of the first issue, along with the worries whether this endeavor will succeed, so that excluded people are able to find a home, get a permanent job, study and reclaim their position in the society that has chased them away.

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Kick Out Poverty

The National Homeless football team competes with other homeless teams from around the globe and proves that football can become an important “weapon” against social seclusion.

A football team represents Greece in a world cup and wind the Fair Play Award. The Greek Homeless Football Team competes with other homeless teams (like the Indonesia team whose players are HIV positive) in Poland. The film follows the homeless players in their first journey abroad, while they score and receive goals, and prove that football, sοcialization and tolerance can become important “weapons” for one to deal with the hardships of a life that seems lost and tries to find ways to deal with social exclusion.

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More stories / about the prisoner Maradona

  • Maradona at work

    2:46 min.

    Maradona, a Roma inmate, gathers materials for recycling and describes how he makes a living out of prison.

  • Maradona in search of a home

    3:59 min.

    Maradona, a former Roma inmate, describes the problems caused by his nomadic way of life and the attacks he suffers from the police.

  • Maradona in the court of law

    10:08 min.

    The Roma inmate, Maradona, and his lawyer ask from the court to defer his penalty and release him from prison. A bunch of his relatives outside the courthouse ask - in any possible way - for his release.

  • Μaradona gets released

    4:51 min.

    Maradona gets released from prison, has 7 children and tries to find a job, a home, and lives with his family in a make-shift construction atop his car.

  • Maradona back in prison?

    2:14 min.

    Maradona, facing new charges for theft and a possible coviction, contemplates the risks of going back to jail.

More stories / on the theatrical group in prison

  • A theatrical group in prison: How it all began

    3:14 min.

    The creation of the theatrical group and the reasons that made the director of the prison resign from his position.

  • "Starting Point" The 1st performance in prison

    1:58 min.

    The inmates-actors respond to the unpredictable reaction of the audience who are also prisoners, in the first performance staged in the Avlona Youth Detention Center.

  • Photos of the performance "The Starting Point"

    32 images

    Photos from "The Starting Point", the first show staged in Avlona Prison.

  • How can one join the prison’s theatrical group?

    1:47 min.

    The requirements in order to become a member of the prison's theatrical group. The first and most fundamental rule is "no to violence".

  • Parting words

    8:38 min.

    After 3 years of voluntary work, Stathis Grapsas, the director of the prisoners' theatrical group, decides to move to Australia and work in youth detention centers there; this time with a salary. He is moved when he bids farewell to the members of the theatrical group and gives them some of his clothes and shoes that he will not take with him.

  • A performance by the inmates of the Psychiatric Hospital at Korydallos prison

    4:00 min.

    Τhe inmates of the Psychiatric Unit at the Korydallos Prison Complex stage a show with the help of the theater director working in the Special Juvenile Center at Avlona.

More stories / on the main characters & the school in prison 4 years later

  • The protagonists of the performance "The Return" - 4 years later

    4:16 min.

    The protagonists of the theatrical group try to deal with the hardships of life outside prison, so they don't go back to prison again. Where are the protagonists of the theatrical group of the prison 4 years later and how do they deal with the hardships of a life that started in confinement?

  • The reunion of the "Return" theatrical group - 4 years later

    4:21 min.

    The protagonists of "The Return" meet again five years later and present the performance in a drama school.

  • The prison theatrical group - 4 years later

    7:07 min.

    Video call with the director of "The Return" in Australia. 4 years later, the theatrical group is active once more and he ponders his return to Greece.

  • The prison's school - 4 years later

    4:57 min.

    4 years later, the young imprisoned students try to come to terms with their confinment by going to the school of the prison.

More stories / on education in prison

  • How to turn a prison into a school?

    2:20 min.

    Can the school in prison battle against the stereotypes of imprisonment?

  • "...when I get released..."

    3:25 min.

    While most the young inmates go back to prison, today's inmates and students of the school in Avlona Prison dream about their lives after jail.

More stories / through prisoners' letters

  • Notes of the inmates on the performance "The Return" in a women's prison

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    The underage inmates write about the performance they staged in Elaionas Women's Prison.

  • Letters from the cast: The actors of “The Return” write to their stage director

    9 images

    The inmates of Avlona Prison write farewell letters to the director of the theatrical group who moves to Australia.

More stories / Unexpected audience in prison for the performance "The Return"

  • The performance "The Return" in Onassis Foundation

    4:46 min.

    How can a performance by underage inmates be staged out of prison? Aphrodite Panagiotakou and the Onassis Cultural Center become the audience and discuss with the underage inmates, and host the performance of the prison on a big theatrical stage.

  • Male prisoners performing in a women's prison.

    1:36 min.

    Imprisoned women are not allowed to touch the male prisoners who dance half-naked among them, while the show becomes a different way for men to meet with women inside prison.

  • Flirting behind bars

    4:30 min.

    After the show, behind the bars, the inmates-actors flirt with the imprisoned women that are on the opposite cells, until the jailor notices this peculiar communication.

Screenings of the second season of of the documentary series MEETING WITH REMARKABLE PEOPLE 2020-2021

November 13, 2020

The second season of MEETING WITH REMARKABLE PEOPLE will be broadcasted at the second television network of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, the public broadcaster of Greece (ERT2) from 01/11/2020 until 11/04/2021. Find out more about the stories of the protagonists while navigating the platform and the augmented material of each movie.

Screening of the film “THE RETURN” from the second season of the documentary series MEETING WITH REMARKABLE PEOPLE

November 13, 2020

The film “THE RETURN” from the second season of MEETING WITH REMARKABLE PEOPLE will be broadcasted at the second television network of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, the public broadcaster of Greece (ERT2) on 15/11/2020. Watch the movie in an interactive way at

Screenings of the film THE RETURN in detention centers

October 24, 2018

The film "The Return" directed by Menelaos Karamagiolis, will be screened at the detention centers of Komotini, Agia Chania and Ioannina, as part of the regional screenings of the 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

The Return

October 24, 2018

The film 'The Return' by Menelaos Karamaghiolis, will be screened at Cyprus Community Club NSW, at the city of Sydney, Australia. Date: 5 July / Time: 19:00 - 20:00 Venue:  Cyprus Community Club NSW Website:

Special Juvenile Detention Center Avlona

The Special Juvenile Detention Center in Avlona, is a detention facility for young prisoners aged 18 to 21. Our policy is based on four principles: Security, Humanitarian treatment, Education, Rehabilitation-Reintegration.

Youth Special Detention Center Avlona High School

Website of Youth Detention Centre High School in Avlona.

Nicaragua – Lleca Theater

LLECA is a Nicaraguan cultural-artistic organization, created by and for youth, whose objective is to establish spaces of communication, creation, reflection, and freedom. Since 2009, Lleca (slang for ‘street’) is the only continuous artistic educational process of theater in prison, where inmate theater groups are founded and train every year.

Netherlands – Υoung in Prison

YiP is an international NGO that enables children and young people in conflict with the law, to contribute positively to society through creative and sports development programmes, in prison and after release.

The Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights (MFHR)

The main objectives of the MFHR are: research, study, promotion and dissemination, defense, protection and preservation of the internationally recognized Human Rights for all, without discrimination.


KETHEA is the largest rehabilitation and social reintegration network in Greece. It has been providing its services to drug addicts and their families 1983. Its services are offered free of charge on the street and in prisons and rehabilitation units around Greece. KETHEA also helps people suffering from other forms of addiction including alcohol, gambling and the Internet.


With the primary goal of contact with art and creation, engaging in artistic activities and organizing creative groups has been an integral part of KETHEA's Therapeutic programs since the founding of the organization.


KETHEA STROFI is aimed at teenagers aged 13-21 years, and their families.


OKANA's work and programmes focus on prevention, treatment and social reintegration of people facing problems related to substance use.

U.S.A. – Rehabilitation Through The Arts

RTA's mission is to use the transformative power of the arts in order to develop the social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into the community. RTA also seeks to raise public awareness of the humanity taking place behind prison walls.

Synergy Theatre Project

Synergy’s artistic mission is to create ground-breaking work across theatre and the criminal justice system which inspires change by capturing the imagination, affecting the feelings and attitudes of the performers and audience. The aim is for the artistic work to have a transformative effect on those who encounter it, whether prisoners, ex-prisoners or audience members.

Italy – Balamòs Teatro

Balamòs Teatro is a Cultural Association that deals with the promotion and enhancement of theatrical culture. It operates nationally and internationally with specific projects in public schools of all grades, Universities, structures of physical and mental discomfort, the recovery community of drug addicts, prisons and degraded neighborhoods.

Chile – CoArtRe

Artists Corporation for Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration through Art. Τheatre as an instrument of spiritual support and artistic experience towards the path of social mobility.

Germany – aufBruch

The aim of aufBruch is to give the prisoners a language, a voice and a face, which creates the possibility of an unprejudiced encounter between the outside and fide.


The organization EPANODOS was created to facilitate and support every effort for social and professional integration of ex-detainees.

Juvenile Court Clerks Association

The Association of Juvenile Court Clerks is the main public institution for outside treatment of minors (8-18 years old) who have committed an offense or are at risk of becoming perpetrators of criminal offenses. Our cooperation with minors aims to motivate them as well as their family environment in such a way, so that they do not repeat the same or other delinquent acts.


PRAKSIS is an independent N.G.O. which provides humanitarian aid in a wide range of fields (including medical, legal, social welfare, psychological and financial) to socially vulnerable groups in need regardless of: color, race, religion, age, nationality, ideology or political beliefs, through an array of programs.  PRAKSIS is active throughout Greece, mostly in the regions of Attica, Central Macedonia, the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos, and the greater Patras area. Their mobile medical units are on call and ready to intervene wherever it is needed, responding to the occurring needs.  PRAKSIS Infrastructure and Interventions include: 

  • Community Centre – Athens
  • Polyclinic – Thessaloniki
  • Day Centre for the Homeless – Athens
  • Day Centre for the Homeless – Piraeus
  • Drop-In Centre for Unaccompanied Minors – Patras
  • Semi Independent Living (Apartments) for Unaccompanied Minors – Athens, Thessaloniki
  • ESTIA Project – Athens, Thessaloniki
Their services are provided to those who experience discrimination, social and / or financial exclusion, those who are deprived of basic goods and access to health. The Drop-In Center is a Daycare Center for unaccompanied or separated minors who need international protection. The Hospitality Centers in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and the islands, house unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable asylum seeker groups. The Next Door Children program is aimed at children experiencing social and / or economic exclusion, children living under precarious conditions or the poverty line, exposed to risks, Roma children, victims or potential victims of transnational trafficking. The Mobile School and Futbalnet social actions also offer support to children and young people, promoting social inclusion through sports.

18 Over

The “18 OVER” is the Detoxification Unit for Alcoholics - Drug Addicts of the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica.

Mind the Fact

Mind the fact is an artistic initiative founded in 2016. It is an innovative model of artistic production based on true stories told by the people who experienced them.  Within the mind the fact network, professional artists collaborate with non-artists. Concealed or unspoken issues and excluded or hidden protagonists of real life come into light and present themselves, claiming their own space through art. The performances, exhibitions and events of mind the fact are shaped through carefully designed workshops.


SYNERGY-O is an experimental art space in the center of Athens. Founded in 2010, SYNERGY-O in collaboration with NGO Amaka, run the Art and Theatre workshop called 'Station Athens' for refugees and immigrants.  SYNERGY-O's mission is to produce artistic work with social content while offering art and theatre workshops to vulnerable social groups.

Center for the Study of Crime (CESC)

CESC’s mission is: Το study, research and promote criminology in the public agenda. To support political, social, cultural and scientific bodies in tackling crime. To raise public awareness on issues concerning crime and its prevention.

Prisoners’ Education Trust

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is a charity working across every prison in England and Wales to help transform prisoners’ lives through learning.

Art Without Bars

Art Without Bars started in 2000, as an association coupling art exhibition in prison with workshops organised for inmates. It began with the conviction that art and culture could make the penitentiary scene more humane.


The European Prison Education Association is an organisation made up of prison educators, administrators, governors, researchers and other professionals whose interests lie in promoting and developing education and related activities in prisons throughout Europe in accordance with the recommendations of the Council of Europe. EPEA is recognised by the Council of Europe as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).


Transforming the lives of socially-excluded people through therapeutic film-making.

Tanz Tangente

Tanz Tangent’s mission is to bring different people together through dance. For the past 35 years, TanzTangente has commissioned as well as supported artistic, social, interdisciplinary, integrative, intercultural and international processes using dance as a medium.


STIR is an arts magazine designed, written and produced in Scotland by prisoners, for prisoners.


PELE is an artistic structure of Porto, established in 2007. In 2009, Pele initiated a creative programme at the Porto Prison, resulting in the spectacle ‘Entrado’ which was part of the Imaginarius Programme - International Festival of Street Arts Theatre in Santa Maria da Feira in 2010. In 2014, through Active Citizenship Program / Gulbekian Foundation, PELE started the ECOAR Project in 4 other prisons in the north of Portugal.

Koestler Trust

The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known prison arts charity. It encourages ex-offenders to change their lives through taking part in the arts, and challenges negative preconceptions of what ex-offenders are capable of.

Changes & Chances

C&C is a network organization of institutions and freelancers realizing professional educational art programmes for the underprivileged and people who are or were in trouble with Justice and criminal law.


Klasbak is the Belgian branch of the European Prison Education Association, a network of professionals involved in prison education.

Compagnia Della Fortezza

Compagnia della Fortezza is curated, managed and organized by the Carte Blanche cultural association, founded by Armando Punzo in 1987. Its primary purpose is producing and promoting theatrical and artistic initiatives through experimentation and research.


Catharsis’ mission is to offer drama therapy services to the community in accordance with the highest ethical standards, providing a powerful tool to explore and deal effectively with the issues identified by a wide range of clients, including some of the most isolated and disadvantaged members of the society.

Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN)

The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) was established in 2011 by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights and the Greek Office of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Today, RVRN consists of 46 non-governmental organizations and civil society actors, as well as the Greek Ombudsman and the Migrants’ Integration Council of the Municipality of Athens, as observers. The participating actors acknowledge and jointly pursue combating racial discrimination, hatred, and/or violence against persons or groups of persons because of their race, complexion, religion, family-tree history, genealogic, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.