Quiet Life
Still from Quiet Life


sense of place
visual anthropology

How to Cite

Giapoutzis, T., & Kleftakis, M. (2019). Quiet Life. Journal of Anthropological Films, 3(02), e2792. https://doi.org/10.15845/jaf.v3i02.2792


The film follows two fishermen from the Greek village Skala Sikamineas, on the island of Lesvos, who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in saving people crossing the waters from Turkey to Greece. Filmed during the period of relative calm in May 2016, following months where thousands of people passed through the village.

Structured around everyday practices of these two fishermen, the film explores their experiences of frequently rescuing those attempting to cross the same waters they navigate daily for their work. These memories are intertwined with an observational approach to contemporary fishing practices, exploring how previous experiences of rupture in daily life continue to inflect and give meaning to these fisherman ́s relationship to the sea.


Copyright (c) 2019 Tasos Giapoutzis, Marios Kleftakis

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