80 Years since the Battle of Crete – Audiovisual Tribute 24-28 May 2021

The Chania Film Festival and the Cultural Society of Crete, 80 years after the Battle of Crete, they remember and honor the Anniversary, the Fighters and the Place with an audiovisual tribute, from the Monday , May 24, 2021 until Friday, May 28, 2021, at Municipal Cinema “KIPOS”, in collaboration with the Region of Crete, the Municipality of Chania, the Municipality of Platanias and the CFSP-KAM.

For five days daily, from 20:30 to 22:30, we invite you to an audiovisual journey of Memory and Reflection, starting from and on the occasion of one of the greatest moments of Resistance of the Cretan people against fascism.


Tribute Program

Monday 24 May, Start 20:30

  • Organizers’ Greetings
  • Premiere of the short film “Marika… why should you be afraid»
    Duration: 15’Research
    – Script -Direction: Matthaios FrantzeskakisKinematography
    – Editing: Kostas KosmadakisProduction
    : Cultural Society of Crete with the support of the Municipality of Platanias

Watch the trailer of the film
: https://youtu.be/vU5gGFkFF5s

On Saturday, May 24, 1941, a group of Germans enters the house of Loufardantonis, in Kakopetros of the Municipality of Platanias, Chania and murders with their automatic five women and a two-year-old baby. Maria remembers the story with us and her father telling her: Marika… why be afraid.

  • “Memories of occupation 1940-1945” / Duration: 75′

Oral testimonies from the Program “Crete, Oral History”.

Excerpts from more than 20 testimonies recorded under the program will be screened FOR THE FIRST TIME. Testimonies of Cretans who experienced the events.

Tuesday 25 May, Start 20:30

  • The refuge of Platanias / Gymnasium of Platanias / Duration: 12′ 30″
  • Tanais – And the padlocks never opened / High School of Nea Kydonia / Duration: 13′ 12″
  • Chronicle of the National Resistance 1941 – The Battle of Crete / Direction: Angelos Kovotsos / Duration: 60′
  • Excerpts from oral testimonies from the Program “Crete, Oral History”

Wednesday 26 May, Start 20:30

  • “End and Beginning” / Direction: Manos Zacharias / Duration: 1h 30′


Thursday 27 May, Start 20:30

  • The Last Dead. Astrikas March 29, 1945 / Duration: 12′
  • Flowers that withered early / Direction: Matthaios Frantzeskakis and Vicky Arvelaki / Duration: 1h 06′
  • Excerpts from oral testimonies from the Program “Crete, Oral History”

Friday 28

May, Start 20:30

  • Plakalona 1941 / General Lyceum of Kolymbari / Duration: 09′ 32″

  • “The 11th Day”
    / Direction:
    Christos Efferson
    / Duration: 1h 12′
  • Excerpts from oral testimonies from the Program “Crete, Oral History”


The program “Crete Oral History” is an activity of the Cultural Society of Crete in collaboration with self-governing and cultural institutions aiming at the preservation of intangible culture.

Within the framework of the program, recordings of oral testimonies, publications, trainings (annual and fast-paced), documentary productions, exhibitions and other actions are carried out.

Organization – Production – Organization: Region of Crete – Region of Crete – Region of Crete – Regional Unit of Chania – Municipality of Chania – Municipality of Platanias – CFSP- KAM – Cultural Society of Crete – Chania Film Festival