Filmmaker Lucia Rikaki dies, age 50

Greek film director, documentarist, writer and producer Lucia Rikaki died in Athens on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. She was 50 years old.

The Piraeus-born, UK-educated artist was a dynamic presence in the Greek visual media scene, producing awareness-raising documentaries, embracing the use of new social networking technology to bring young people into filmmaking, and organizing festivals such as Ecofilms and the Kos International Health Film Festival.

Her feature films are ?Trip to Australia? (1990), ?Quartet in Four Movements? (1994), ?Dancing Soul? (1999), ?Hold Me? (2006) and ?What We Hold in Common? (2007).

As a documentarist, Rikaki shed light on socially sensitive issues such as immigration, education and the lives of the disabled in Greece, writing, directing and producing over 10 documentaries on related subjects, as well as ?Comedy Nights,? a 2001 project based on the Greek stand-up comedy culture that Rikaki played a pivotal role in nurturing by organizing Greece?s first comedy club, at the 104 Center for Arts.

Rikaki also served as president of the European Producers Network, on the governing board of the Greek Film Directors and Producers Union and as cinema coordinator for the 3rd World Summit on Media for Children.

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