Maple: When water uproots you


Director: Michalis Bastakis Writer: Michalis Bastakis Director of Photography: Michalis Bastakis, Nikolaos Tsamandouras, Emmanouil Keroulis

Editing: Michalis Bastakis Music: Stefanos Samaritakis
Production: Michalis Bastakis

Country of production: Greece
Runtime: 40 min
Production Year: 2023
Language: Greek
Subtitles: English


The village of Sfendyli had to be submerged in order to build the dam of the river Aposelemi. The construction of this dam would serve about 40% of the inhabitants of Crete but at the same time would force the few inhabitants of Sfendyli to be uprooted from their village.
How did residents cope with this situation?

Sfendyli: Otan se Kserizonei to Nero


Michalis Bastakis

Michalis Bastakis was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1987. She studied at the MSc "Culture & Documentary Film Production", University of the Aegean, Lesvos (2023).
Apart from producing and directing documentary films, he is an IT and Multimedia teacher and trains students in schools and adults in Vocational Training Institutes.
In recent years he has created documentary films such as: "Circus Camino" (2022), "When Water Uproots You" (2023).