The premises of the Hellenic Parliament were liven up for one day, on Monday December 21, 2015: one hall was turned into a cinema hall to screen a film for a very special audience.
Seventy unaccompanied refugee kids watched the film “The Boy and the World” by Ale Abreu from Brazil, which is among the Oscar nominations for best animation. The breathtaking, magical film by Abreu, a colourful and melodic hymn to humanity and childhood, has enchanted the refugee kids, dripping some beauty into their souls.
The screening was realised thanks to the altruistic work of the technical team of the Olympia Film Festival and Youth Plan (Christos Sofianopoulos, Kostas Pavlidis, Yorgos Kritikos and Nikos Sakkoulis) who, giving their best, have achieved a wonderful result, both optically and acoustically.
“As with every event concerning the refugees, the film, the technical equipment and the work of our technicians was for free, in the framework of the social offer of the employees and friends of the Olympia Festival”, said Dimitris Spyrou, the artistic director of the Olympia Festival for Children and Young People, which marks through its activities the sensitivity towards the only hope of humanity and its most valuable part: children.
The event was an initiative of the Hellenic Parliament, supported by the Association of the Employees‘ Association and with the collaboration of the First Reception Service. President mr. Voutsis stated that “we connected the Parliament to the kids, who must understand that they can have a future, they can have the homeland they will choose to have, they can have friends, find new families, move on with their lives and also see that politics is not an inhuman procedure, politics can have a human face and be connected to society through the expressions of solidarity, welfare, offering.”
So the children watched a beautiful film, decorated a christmas tree, played, enjoyed themselves, took a tour to the historic center of Athens with a train – giving us the chance to feel if not good, at least better, people.