Αγώνας
Whether or not you believe
HOLLAND, 2007, 28'
  by AGON - Thursday, 1 December 2011

They can be seen in the whole of Greece: the small and humble buildings along the roadsides dedicated to a saint. Often a burning candle illuminates the colorful interior.
Most of them are erected to the memory of a beloved, killed in a car accident, others because someone has been miraculously saved. They are evidence of a daily devotion and are called proskynitaria or ikonismata.
The older ones may have been built because somebody had a significant dream on that spot, or to indicate the place of a former church or perhaps to protect a bridge or the entrance of a house against ill luck. Each proskynitari has its own story.
This documentary tells us some of these stories and shows an important aspect of how the Greek people deal with death and what role religion plays in everyday life.


Director: BARBARA METER, WIM OUDSHOORN
Producer: WIM OUDSHOORN, BARBARA METER