NERAKI, a short film

NERAKI REALIZED by Corinne Weber

How to capture a magical moment in time with little to no resources?  I asked myself this question in the days leading up to our children’s workshop, Neraki (meaning “little water” in Greek), in Athens last June.  As one of our first parallel actions to Project Nero on the ground alongside German artist, Alexander Schellow, and Environmental Interpreter, Valya Stergioti, I knew that I wanted to capture the reactions of the children to show the positive affects that art and culture have on our youth.

So with my barely functional Sony digital still/video camera from 2004, I decided to seize the opportunity.  I filmed over the course of the two-day workshop and when it came time to edit, I had hours of footage.  Reminded of all the magic that had transpired during the workshop, it was wonderful to re-watch the children and see how engaged they were from the moment they arrived until they had to leave…children ages 7-10 discussing their city and the importance that water plays, departing from the Kifissos River…it was truly inspiring!

After months of teaching myself how to use Final Cut and reverting back to technology of old (an old camera and computer), I finished the edit.  From there, via skype, I had the lovely opportunity to work alongside Teddy Reglis, a young Greek composer, who composed a couple of musical tracks for the actual workshop which became the theme for the short film.  Even though I was back and forth between Paris and CA and Teddy was in Athens, it was clear that where there’s a will, there’s a way.  Teddy is not only a beautiful composer, but an amazing collaborator who is so dedicated and open to the creative process.  He spent a great deal of time on Neraki and for this, we are very grateful!

I would also like to thank Valya, Alexander, Yvonne, Ioanna Ralli, Stavros Kypriaos and Ioanna Lemoni of the GAIA Centre at the Goulandri Museum of Natural History in Athens, Greece and above all, the children from 4th D. in Egaleo and seventh Board Ag.  This film wouldn’t have been possible without their support and participation!

I hope you all enjoy this magical moment in time and I look forward to continuing to share more of our work on the ground! I am also hoping to create another version of Neraki with audio pieces from the children…stay tuned!

After months of teaching myself how to use Final Cut and reverting back to technology of old (an old camera and computer), I finished the edit.  From there, via skype, I had the lovely opportunity to work alongside Teddy Reglis, a young Greek composer, who composed a couple of musical tracks for the actual workshop which became the theme for the short film.  Even though I was back and forth between Paris and CA and Teddy was in Athens, it was clear that where there’s a will, there’s a way.  Teddy is not only a beautiful composer, but an amazing collaborator who is so dedicated and open to the creative process.  He spent a great deal of time on Neraki and for this, we are very grateful!

I would also like to thank Valya, Alexander, Yvonne, Ioanna Ralli, Stavros Kypriaos and Ioanna Lemoni of the GAIA Centre at the Goulandri Museum of Natural History in Athens, Greece and above all, the children from 4th D. in Egaleo and seventh Board Ag.  This film wouldn’t have been possible without their support and participation!

I hope you all enjoy this magical moment in time and I look forward to continuing to share more of our work on the ground! I am also hoping to create another version of Neraki with audio pieces from the children…stay tuned!