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“Lesvia”: A Festival Must-See!

Tzeli Hadjidimitriou
Cine Sappho Magicnights

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This September, the International Eressos Women’s Festival is proud to present the award-winning documentary, “Lesvia,” by filmmaker Tzeli Hadjidimitriou. “Lesvia” is a documentary celebration of community and change.

“Lesvia” delves into the heart of Skala Eressos, a village on the southwestern coast of Lesvos Island, forever marked by the legacy of Sappho, the pioneering poet who dared to celebrate love between women.

Long isolated, Skala Eressos witnessed a remarkable transformation in the mid-1970s. Inspired by Sappho’s spirit, women from around the globe began to arrive, seeking connection and a refuge from societal prejudice.

Tzeli Hadjidimitriou, a lesbian native of Lesvos, captures this pivotal moment in history. Through interviews with both the local inhabitants and the visiting women, the film explores the evolving dynamics that saw Eressos transform into a thriving lesbian community.

“Lesvia” is a testament to the power of storytelling. Archival footage and photographs offer a glimpse into the village’s past, while present-day filming paints a vibrant portrait of the vibrant lesbian community that thrives there today.

Personal testimonies add a powerful layer of intimacy, allowing viewers to connect with the experiences of those who shaped Eressos’ unique character. Intertwined with these voices is Tzeli’s own narrative, offering a poignant perspective on her personal journey and the village she calls home.



“Lesvia” is more than a documentary; it’s a celebration of community, resilience, and the ongoing evolution of identity. Don’t miss this special opportunity to experience history coming alive at the Eressos Women’s Festival. After the screening, join us for a Q&A session with filmmaker Tzeli Hadjidimitriou and delve deeper into the inspiring story of Skala Eressos.

Screening Date & Location: 11 September 2024 @ 21.00pm – Cine Sappho Magicnights (Open-Air Cinema)

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