Alima, a film by Loukas Koubouris and Nickolas Papadimitriou, is an Ethnofest production in collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Antropos (MedINA). The film is based on an ethnographic observation of the daily routine of the fishermen at the Mesolonghi-Aitoliko Lagoon.
Over the centuries, local communities around the Messolonghi lagoon in Greece have developed a variety of fishing techniques to support their livelihoods. One of them is the creation of natural fish farms called ιβάρια (ivaria), still based on traditional knowledge, by using barrier traps to capture ﬁsh during their migration to the open sea. The locals have a special word for ivari fishing –Άλιμα (alima)–. The film observes the daily routine of the fishermen working and living in the ivari of Komma –located around a small islet in the lagoon– as it takes place in the fishing period from spring to winter 2017.
Alima premiered in November 2017 at the 8th Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest, within the context of the themed section “Man and the Environment”. The film was created in the framework of the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature and Culture, with the support of the Management Body of Mesolonghi-Aitoliko Lagoon, and Olympus and it was funded by MAVA Fondation pour la Nature.
An Ethnofest production, in collaboration with MedINA Institute
Directed by: Loukas Koubouris & Nickolas Papadimitriou
Produced by: Konstantinos Aivaliotis & Silas Michalakas
An original idea by Konstantinos Aivaliotis & Alexis Katsaros
Sound mix: Dimitris Apostolakidis
Colour Correction: Ilias Panaritis
Supported by Olympus