Behind the Haystacks

Category: feature
Director: Asimina Proedrou
Producer: Ioanna Bolomyti
Country: Greece, Germany, Republic of North Macedonia
Year: 2022
Length: 120'
Production Status: completed


Amongst the reeds of Doiran Lake, a group of children make a tragic discovery with wide-reaching consequences. Debt-ridden fisherman Stergios has been using the lake, which divides North Macedonia and Greece, to smuggle refugees for profit – a decision that draws him and his family into an intense moral quagmire. Told through an elliptical, Rashomonesque narrative, director Asimina Proedrou gradually reveals the consequences of self-motivated desires and prejudices. Intense and visually lyrical, Behind the Haystacks is an exploration of religious hypocrisy, xenophobia and constrictive borders.
(Sydney Film Festival 2023)

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