The film, which was screened as a work in progress at the 2nd Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, is part of the ethnographic research that took place in Dimitsana (Arcadia), between 2007 and 2011, with its topic of study being the transformations of space and its representations. The various experiences of nativity and belonging, the immigration and the return to the homeland, the new bonds with the village, the emergence of “authenticity”, “tradition” and of “mountain rurality” as aesthetic qualities through alternative tourism, as well as the new uses of space in outdoor recreational activities are some aspects of reality that the film is trying to explore.
Yiannis N. Drinis has studied History and Folklore at the University of Ioannina, Greece, and Social Anthropology (Master of Arts) at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Great Britain. In 2013 he obtained his PhD in Folklore from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He is head of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intercultural Relations, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. He is particularly interested in space and place anthropology, ritual and religion, kinship systems in rural Greece and intangible cultural heritage.