PHILOTHEI THE ATHENIAN The revolution of a woman
In the sixteenth century, during the trying times of Ottoman rule, an Athenian noblewoman dares to defy the authority of Suleiman the Magnificent. She frees men and women from the slave markets, paying for their liberation from her personal fortune.
She sets up the first school for women in early modern Greece, for Christians and those of other religions. She founds a hospital, which offers free treatment to Greek, Turks and Franks alike.
She provides refuge for women, abused, pregnant, exposed to stoning, helping them to escape through the ancient tunnels beneath the town and to reach the islands. Her activity riles the conquerors and the establishment. She is taken prisoner, tortured and put to death as a martyr in 1589.
Descendant of the Byzantine imperial lineage of the Palaiologoi, a revolutionary long before the Greek Struggle for Independence, she is Philothei, the Athenian saint.
Director: Maria Hatzimichali-Papaliou
Editing: Yiannis Tsitsopoulos
Music: Marios Aristopoulos
Director of photography: Vangelis Koulinos
Sound: Aris Kafentzis