I have passed over the olive line


the bright green of the north-west gives way to the silver greens of the south-east


life's all about water after all


where there's abundant water the green is vibrant and vivid


where there's not the green darkens and silvers


they told me that this was the least green city in Europe


so I looked for the green wherever I could 


and I found more than they would have led me to expect


they could not see the green at their feet

A film by Catriona Gallagher, 2019 


Duration 37 minutes


Editing: Catriona Gallagher and Nikoleta Leousi

Musical composition and sound design: Alyssa Moxley


Featuring: 

Maroula Antoniadou - The Kyria

Catriona Gallagher - The Narrator

John Bicknell - The Collector


World Premiere at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival, 28th March 2020


A wandering narrative following the growth of the prolific yet overlooked weed ‘perdikaki’ in the urban landscape of Athens, Greece. As three characters search for meaning in the unassuming plant, their methods and objectives entangle. The Narrator’s search for the elderly woman first seen picking the plant, the Kyria, leads us through the empty and abandoned places of the city. As observations and findings accumulate, a shadow researcher, The Collector, emerges and the focus blurs: who’s knowledge is being pursued and other than the symbolic plant do the other figures exist at all?

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