Spata, Saint Peter’s Stew

This film describes the custom called “Saint Peter’s stew” and is celebrated in Spata on Saint Peter and Paul’s day. The year the film was shot, in 1978, the custom took on a loaded socio-political meaning. It was linked with the locals’ protests against the government’s decision to move the airport to Spata. Apart from describing the custom, the film reveals two additional significant points. The first of them is that, as anthropology claims, customs are not mere survivors of ancient institutions; they constantly change shape and form, and are an initiatory framework, through which the social issues of the time are inscribed as content. The second point is that each of these protests and resistance movement are expressed through the existing social symbolism by changing their content.

Alida Dimitriou

Alida Dimitriou was born in Athens in 1933 and studied film directing at Stavrakos School. Parallel to organising film screenings between 1970 and 1975, she took part in short film seminars, and wrote and translated in film magazines. She is authored the book “Short Films Filmography” (1939-1979)””, and she published the “Short Films Lexicon” in 1992. She directed more than 50 documentaries. In 2008 she won the Audience Award of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival for the film “Birds in the Mire”. Her trilogy, “Birds in the Mire”, “Life on the Rocks” and “The Girls of the Rain”, which was greatly loved by the audiences of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, highlighted the feistiness and strength of the female soul via personal accounts and evidence.