Eleftheromania follows Auschwitz survivor Piroska (Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis) as she recites a true story from her harrowing past: in the summer of 1944, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp saw a massive increase in Hungarian prisoners. The Nazis enlisted a group of Greek-Jewish prisoners to the horrific task of leading the prisoners into gas chambers. If the Greek-Jewish prisoners refused, they would be killed. After receiving these impossible orders, the prisoners had a debate in their barracks, and ultimately made a stunning choice.
Writer: Joanna Tsanis Director: David Antoniuk
Producers: Joanna Tsanis, Gregory C. Pappas, Chuck Scott
Starring: Olympia Dukakis, Anthoula Katsimatides, Blue Bigwood-Mallin
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2018 Cyprus International Film Festival – Winner ‘Nostimon Imar’, 2018 Toronto Shorts International Film Festival – Winner ‘Best Drama’, 2018 Mindfield Film Festival – Winner Diamond Award ‘Best Short Film’, 2018 Mindfield Film Festival – Winner ‘Best Short Script’, 2018 Canada Shorts Film Festival – Winner ‘Award of Commendation’, 2018 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival – Nominee ‘Best Short Film’, 2018 Yorkton Film Festival – Nominee ‘Golden Sheaf Award’, 2018 Raindance Film Festival – Official Selection, 2018 Bridges International Film Festival – Official Selection, 2018 International Short Film Festival in Drama – Official Selection, 2018 Montreal Greek Film Festival – Official Selection
Eleftheromania is available for rent and purchase on Vimeo.
All profits from rentals and purchases will go towards Holocaust Survivor Emergency Funding at Jewish Family & Child.
Eleftheromania is a co-production with Ideamaker Films and Iota Films
FILM SUPPORTED BY THE NICK MIRKOPOULOS CANADIAN CONTENT INITIATIVE