CULTURE

Schools go to the cinema

Math, chemistry, Ancient Greek and now cinema. A typical school day turns into something quite different through the «Cinema in the First Period» program of the Premiere Nights Athens International Film Festival. The new educational program kicked off earlier this week with a screening of Penny Panayotopoulou’s «Hard Goodbyes: My Father,» followed by a discussion with the director and the film’s lead actor, Giorgos Karayiannis. The ambitious program continues with the screenings of 40 films, chosen by actress Themis Bazaka, director Tassos Boulmetis and film critics Orestes Andreadakis (also the artistic director of Premiere Nights), Robbie Eksiel and Christos Mitsis. The films are divided into six sections: Greek cinema, cinema and society, cinema and puberty, masterpieces of the cinema world, documentaries, and animation. About 100 screenings are scheduled to take place all around the country until the end of the school year. The program aims to help the country’s youth become conscious cinephiles, with the ability to decode the films they see. «Cinema in the First Period» enjoys the support of the General Secretariat for Youth, the Greek Film Center and Wyeth.