Chania is one of the key attractions located in the western part of Crete. Her tour is on the top positions of all kinds of "you have to see" lists. While appreciating the charm of this city, one can not forget that it is very unfriendly for pedestrians and even more so for people with motor dysfunctions. It is already on the pages of our website about how difficult it is to crawl through the tangle of tavern tables and cars parked without order.
It seems that this problem is also increasingly perceived by the local community. In recent times, the short clip of "My Brother" by Theodoros Papadoulakis has stirred up this theme. It was created on the occasion of the Day of Human Rights and is to be a symbol of the #RespectLife campaign informing about the difficulties faced by disabled people.
Theodoros Papadoulakis is known for his work on the production of the series " Wyspa ". Many people can also associate it with clips that promote leisure in Crete. Like the current film, they were created in cooperation with the IndigoView studio. And although many of them enjoyed great popularity, the way in which the "My brother" video spread on the Internet surprised everyone.In 10 hours after its publication, it was played over 1 million times on various types of websites and on social networking sites.
The story told in this clip is based in part on the real experiences of Alexandra Manousakis initiator of the #RespectLife campaign ( http://respectlife.gr ). According to the director, this short production shows the typical weaknesses of the Greek state. With unpunished occupation of public space by entrepreneurs, unsuitable strings of pedestrian traffic, ridiculously high curbs and cars parked in disallowed places. You can find more about the #RespectLife campaign on the project's website. It is also worth seeing the following video prepared by Alexandra Manousakis, where she describes her experiences connected with visiting Chania together with a disabled person.
It is worth emphasizing here that most of the actors involved in this production were young amateurs. According to Theodoros Papadoulakis, it was his intentional treatment. As he emphasizes personally, he loves to work with such people and also believes that thanks to this films are more original, interesting and true. The main roles in the "My brother" clip were played by George Christoulakis and Niki Jakoumaki. From the very beginning, both of them showed great commitment and perfectly fit in the character of the characters played.
The anger of the main character, shown at the beginning of the film, is supposed to be a strong accent that catches the viewer's attention. Theodoros Papadoulakis emphasizes that this is of course only fiction to strengthen the message. He personally condemns this type of behavior that goes against violence. In an interview with the daily Athens Voice, however, he states that the anger shown is partly his personal anger, which grows in him after the visit of Munich. This trip made him see how much the Greek cities are separated from those in other European countries. He was surprised by the view of bicycle paths, wide sidewalks and various types of infrastructure supporting people with disabilities.
The clip created by Theodoros Papadoulakis made a strong impression on us. We hope that it will be a stimulus for the Greek authorities to continue to act more quickly in this area. You can find out about the difficulties of daily life of disabled people in Chania by watching the following video. Kostas and his daughter Stella show how unfriendly to them is urban tissue and other people involved in street traffic.