A firm believer in God, Yianni has spent the last decade ‘finding himself’, and through that delicate and life-altering process, he came across Orthodox Christianity and the Greek Culture. He has embraced the Greek community and culture with such respect and admiration, that you’d think he was born Greek, even though he is from an Asian background. This is Yianni’s story about his decision to convert to Greek Orthodoxy.
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Following by his mother’s shock cancer diagnosis, Chris Vlahonasios founded the Byzanfest Orthodox Film Festival as a way to “let light shine through that cloud.” Chris shares with Greek City Times the ‘behind the scenes’ of Byzanfest 2020, gives the run down on this year’s award winners, and imparts important messages of faith to our youth.
For Elyssa Vickers, converting to Orthodoxy was like “finding a home, somewhere that I belong”. Here is her beautiful story.
Greek director Fanis Topsachalidis has been nominated for Best Director (Short Film) for his film ‘2(ii)’ about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Greek families in drastic ways. 2(ii) is now showing as part of the Byzanfest Orthodox Film Festival.
If we accept that God is faith and science is knowledge, is there a point where these two converge? National Hellenic Research Foundation’s Greek documentary ‘Science and Orthodoxy Around the World’ is now showing and has been nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing at the Byzanfest Film Festival 2020.
Letting in the Light is a documentary that follows Sister Thekla, an iconographer who travelled to Wellington from the Congo in Africa, to paint the Pantocrator on the dome of Wellington’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Evangelismos church. Adding the Pantocrator iconography to the dome is a significant milestone in the history of this beautiful church. The film shares the story of how this remarkable work was created and celebrates the Greek Orthodox faith in New Zealand.