Exile Room is a non-profit organization based in downtown Athens. Established in 2009, it offers inspiration and educational resources to established and aspiring filmmakers, as well as film lovers of every description, eager to explore documentary.
In the past 7 years we have built a dedicated community by offering documentary screenings twice a month in our in-house screening room, starting October and concluding our season in May. Exile Room screens between 16-20 documentaries per season, almost exclusively directed by foreign filmmakers. 60% of the films are Greek premieres and 40% are Athens premieres. Entrance is free of charge.
In the past few years, Exile Room has been involved in various outreach initiatives, embracing socially vulnerable groups, such as the Jewish community, rehab center 18ANO, the Migrant Social Center ‘Steki Metanaston’, the Avlona Youth Detention Center EKKNA, the KETHEA STROFI Non residential therapeutic program for adolescents drug users etc., while initiating children and teenagers to the wonderful world of documentary workshops.
We have worked with the U.S., Austrian, British and Israeli Embassies, as well as the Goethe Institute, the British Council and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), to bring world-class documentary professionals to Greece for inspirational master classes, including Sandra Rouch (2011), Bill Guttentag (2011), Michael Glawoger (2012), Andy Glynn (2012), Chris Kennealy (2014), Andrea Meditch (2014), Sophie Fiennes (2015) Tomer Heymann (2015), Sergio Oksman (2016) and Natalia Marín (2017).
In the last 3 years Exile Room has been asked to curate film programs for other organizations, such as the Greek Film Archive (Tainiothiki), the Greek Documentary Association, the American Film Showcase, the Vovousa Mountain Festival and the Terre di Confine Festival in Sardinia, Italy.
Since 2013, Exile Room has been running an ambulant film program called “Docs on Wheels” that travels around the Greek countryside and the islands bringing non-fiction films to remote locations and building audiences where you’d never think to seek them out. We collaborate with local government agencies and cultural associations under the motto “bringing unexpected films to unexpected places”. So far, “Docs on Wheels” has made stops in more than 30 destinations all over Greece, from underprivileged Athenian neighborhoods to culture-starved villages in Mount Pindus, where non-fiction films brought a new understanding on a variety of subjects. We designed this program with social issues in mind, involving activists, experts and local personalities, who spoke on drug rehab, bullying, HIV, the environment, immigration and underprivileged children. Starting 2017, “Docs on Wheels” will be accompanied by documentary workshops. (docsonwheels.exileroom.gr).
Between 2015 and 2016, Exile Room organized Greek documentary screenings at the Avlona Youth Detention Center, followed by Q&As with the directors. Starting March 2017 we have been teaching inmates to film fragments of their own reality in a weekly documentary workshop called “Tell Me Your Story” in collaboration with KETHEA STROFI. The programme was funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
For more info: www.exileroom.gr