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5th BCK Film Symposium

What is colonisation today? Are we colonised? How do we decolonize? Why is decolonization important in social movement’s struggles? What is privilege? How do we deconstruct gender? How does tourism affect local communities? What does it mean to live as a minority?  How do we decolonise art?

The 5th Balkan Can Kino Film Symposium (#5BCKFS) returns to Athens, from 19 to 26 November 2022. This year’s symposium focuses on the theme DECOLONISE and through screenings of short and feature films, video installations, discussions and workshops, presents new and innovative audiovisual narratives, aiming to connect the local audience with the multiple perspectives of the theme.


All symposium events are free of charge for the public.


The 5th Balkan Can Kino Film Symposium (#5BCKFS) is organised by the mobile and pop-up film festival Balkan Can Kino (BCK) & FLP Athens Civil Non Profit, in collaboration with artistic and social institutions, organisations and creators, under the auspices and with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Symposium Programme


Film Screenings

“History is not just a matter of date”, said Chris Patten in his last speech as British Governor of Hong Kong, shortly before the United Kingdom handed administration of the province back to China in 1997. In Decameron, Rita Hui Nga Shu combines this speech and other historical sources with fiction and contemporary images. Her gripping documentary takes a critical look, for example, at the question of what Hong Kong actually is at this particular moment in time.


The title of this ambitious video essay refers to Giovanni Boccaccio’s Medieval literary masterpiece, which was likewise created in the wake of an epoch-making worldwide plague. As in Boccaccio’s literary text, different stories, timelines and perspectives merge. The kaleidoscopic film Decameron presents a coronavirus-ravaged Hong Kong that is also still struggling with traumas from the recent past. The result is a valuable political document which, by placing the recent protests within a broader context, enters into a complex dialogue with the city’s present, past and future.

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Dimitra Mitsaki

Fotini Stefani

Marianna Kaplatzi


Artistic Direction 

Dimitra Mitsaki

Fotini Stefani



Myrto Tapeinou


Οpen Discussions Curation & Moderation 

Myrto Tapeinou

Fotini Stefani

Marianna Kaplatzi | Μαριάννα Καπλατζή


FLP Athens

Photography – Videography

Frank Holbein


Warm Thanks to 

Yuk Yu Wan

Yannis Gemeliaris

Caro MacDonald

Teresa Andrade

Mina Karavanta

Stamatina Dimakopoulou

Yiannis Kantea-Papadopoulos

Kwstas Arvanitis

Lauretta Macauley

Nikos Deji Odubitan

Antigoni Oikonomopoulou

Yorgos Yatromanolakis

Abigaël Coeffier

Valentina Kagia