Over the years I have had the honor of being introduced into the Greek culture. I learned many concepts but amongst them something that this film sets out to illustrate, “filotimo” or “the love of honor.” There is no doubt the world is currently in a state of flux, a crisis if you will, economically, environmentally, spiritually. And as filmmaker Demitri Douzenis pointed out, the word, “crisis” itself was invented by The Ancient Greeks. The Greek culture is in fact, a part of the very fibre of our modern existence and Greece in many ways, the cradle of Western civilization. Over 50,000 “English” Words are Greek including, democracy, philosophy, archeology, could you imagine a world wherein these things did not exist? Perish the thought! There is no doubt that for most of us, it is becoming more and more difficult to stop and experience all of what life has to offer. Demitri says the film serves as, “a subtle reminder to all Greeks” to never forget the importance of stepping back, taking a moment or in this case sitting down and breaking bread with friends, to truly enjoy life even, if for a moment. It is amazing to me how sometimes a short film can be just as effective at awaking our emotions as a 3 hour-long biopic, if the story is there then, that is all that matters. In speaking with Demitri, he said that writing the film was more time-consuming than the filming itself. I have always found this is the case with good films. If the writing is there and the acting is on point, the impact of a short film can be quite remarkable. In Bread Education Freedom themes of honor, duty, loyalty, and respect are explored. The anniversary of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic Uprising is brought to light. And Thomas’s character, an American, is transformed by the Greek culture for the better. It is a powerful and moving piece. And if there is anything that I have learned about Greeks it is that they are resilient and courageous! As one of the oldest and most important cultures in existence, I believe they can weather the current global storm and go on to greatness in the future. Demtiri has returned to the film industry after a very long hiatus, he says his passion for story telling has brought him back and for this I say, I am glad. I can see a bright and successful future ahead for Demitri and cannot wait to be kept apprised of any work to come. Thank you once again for reading everyone and please check out the video on utube and LIKE it!!
Bread Education Freedom:
Athens Polytechnic Uprising