iMEdD at 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

iMEdD and the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival continue to discover the eclectic affinities of art and journalism, with a series of events that will take place at the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival.

In particular, iMEdD will participate in the Agora of the Festival with a talk on the intersection of journalistic investigation and documentary filmmaking as well as with two podcasts that will be presented in a special hearing.

iMEdD Talk

“The intersection of journalistic investigation and documentary filmmaking

Wednesday, 8th, 17:00 @Momus Museum of Photography

How journalistic research can fuel documentaries with strong and vivid ideas and material while at the same time, the documentary format can provide an outlet for important journalistic investigations to employ intricate narrative techniques, reach a wider audience, and ultimately have a bigger impact.

A discussion with Micael Pereira, senior reporter at the Portuguese leading newspaper Expresso and a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Pereira has been doing journalism since 1994 and is the correspondent of Reporters Without Borders for Portugal. Among others, he was involved in ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks, Panama Papers, Bahama Leaks, Paradise Papers, Luanda Leaks and Pandora Papers investigations. He is the author of the documentary Black Trail, a 2021 award-winning European co-production with the EIC network, about why ships continue to burn the dirtiest fuels. With OCCRP, he joined the Suisse Secrets project. Also, he was part of the team of Cities for Rent, a collaborative investigation on corporate landlords run by Arena for Journalism in Europe that won the European Press Prize 2022 for Innovation.

In discussion with: Dimitris Bounias, project manager iMEdD, journalist

Special hearings

Friday, 10th, 13.00 @Green Room at Olympion

Mute – The Silent Violence of the Parting Wall / Andreas Vagias

Winner of the Podcast Development Award based on journalistic research and documentation. The award was bestowed withing the framework of the Festival’s collaboration with iMEdD.

Podcaster & Script: Andreas Vagias | Producer: Panagiotis Menegos | Sound editing-sound mixing-sound design: Aris Athanassopoulos | Music: Kostas Grountas | Illustration: Evgenios Kalofolias

The systematic gender violence of everyday life is the reality for many victims that are often helpless, while the cloud of silence arms the molesters to go as far as to commit femicides. After the prolonged lockdown triggered a skyrocket rise both in the number of people forced to move in and live together, as well as in the cases of domestic violence, a series of testimonies from women bring forth what happens on the other side of the wall.

Chasing Indiana Jones in Manhattan / Aris Chatzistefanou

A US Marine searches for the ancient relics discovered by Agatha Christie during excavations in Mesopotamia. Henry Kissinger tries to prevent the publication of a book on the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and a detective walks around the Manhattan subway with a frieze of a temple in ancient Pompeii.

Journalist Aris Chatzistefanou traveled to New York City on a journalistic assignment – production by the non-profit journalistic organization iMEdD, which reveals the connections of major museums with antiquities collectors, auction houses and illegal antiquities networks that span the globe. The first episode premieres at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival 2023. The podcast series will be completed in 4 episodes to be released in March on and streaming platforms.

More than 200 guests from 40 countries will attend the hybrid edition of Agora and the TiDF25.

Check out here the full program of the 25th Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival (2-12 March)