The filmmaker's gaze and his encounter with reality

Presenter: Dionysia Kopana, director

Workshop Day: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Time: 12.00 – 14.00

Duration: 2 hours

Place of Implementation: Cultural Center of Chania

Addressed to: friends and girlfriends of cinema


A certificate of participation will be given




In this presentation I will talk about how I approach reality through creative documentary. For the uncertainties and questions that I am called upon to answer each time by starting the adventure of a film. To try to find an aesthetic analogue, a language, in order to highlight the stories of reality.
There is not only one truth. Each of us has our own truth.
The reality has to do with the interpretation we give it each time.
It is multidimensional, in constant change. Its approach is a lasting process. It is a course of external and internal search. The creator is in an intermediate position between his external and inner reality.
The documentary is not just the recording of reality .
It's her revelation. Its creative regeneration.
Reality looks like clay in the hands of the filmmaker. So he tries to shape it, to render it the way he sees it. From his point of view. To highlight it in his own aesthetic terms using the cinematic language
The more personal the director's look, the more special the way he writes, the more resonance it has with the viewer, the more solid and universal the film is. And absolutely honest.



Dionysia Kopana is a director. He studied psychology and film in Athens and Art History in Italy. He worked in productions in television, advertising, film and theatre. He worked as a photographer and columnist in magazines. He has also been involved in theatrical directing, writing documentary scripts and fiction films. He has directed short fiction films and feature-length documentaries. Since 2007 he has been teaching Film and Creative Documentary in IEK, in seminar venues and in public schools. At the same time, she conducts seminars on documentary directing within the framework of the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People. He is a founding member of the Greek Documentary Association.