Main aim of the film is to detect the transformations of the traditional ritual taking place on the annual Saint George’s (Aiyioris) day in the village of Nestani. Very early in the morning the participants in the ritual wearing traditional costumes and bearing poles adorned with flowers and wild celery walk to the outlying church of Aiyioris, situated at spot elevation 1280 meters above sea levels, on a steep rock that dominates the landscape. Over there, at the threshing floor of the Ai-Yioris, they sing traditional folk songs that could be regarded as an oral archive of the community’s history and collective experience and they keep up walking down the hill to Nestani.
Silas Michalakas obtained his MA in Visual Anthropology at the Goldsmiths College, University of London, while he also holds a MSc in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and a BA in Archaeology. He has worked in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and as a freelance documentary filmmaker, researcher and producer. Several of his works have been used to support the inscription of intangible cultural heritage elements to the representative list of UNESCO, while others have been exhibited in museums of modern history and fine arts. He is currently the development and educational activities manager in the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest.
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.