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Fofo or Would you still love me

   In Veroia, a small town of the Greek countryside, Christos decides to interview his 87-year-old grandmother Fofo. Although he told her he only wishes to make a film about her and her life, Christos sees the interview as the perfect opportunity to ask his grandma about something he is afraid could endanger their close relationship.

  • Christos Georgoudakis
    Producer, Director, Editor
  • Keira Campbell Wingert
    Executive Producer
  • Giorgos Karalanidis
    Sound Mixing
  • Alex Iossifidis
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    150 EUR
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  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
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  • Pic Nic Urban Festival 2020
    August 28, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Queerbee LGBT Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 5, 2020
    Official Selection
  • EFN Short Film Festival - Spring Edition 2021
    United Kingdom
    April 26, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography

Christos Georgoudakis grew up in Veroia, a small city located in the northern Greek mainland. His first interaction with anything cinematic happened early in his life, when he accidentally discovered his father’s VHS camcorder in the closet. Unimpressed, he left the camera where it was and instead went to the living room to play the piano clumsily. That single decision eventually led him away from his hometown to pursue a career in music and piano performance. 
Christos moved to Thessaloniki to complete his Bachelor's degree and began working as a piano teacher and accompanist. In the meantime, he took acting and dancing lessons until, at some point, he finally realized that the appropriate medium for him to express his annoyingly restless thoughts was hiding right there in the closet all along.
Christos relocated to the UK in 2018 to pursue an MA in Film Studies at University College London. While studying, he developed a passion for documentary filmmaking and shortly after finishing his studies, he completed his first short documentary. Christos continues to work part-time as a piano teacher in London while working on his film’s festival run.

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Director Statement

   This film is in two parts because it serves two purposes. It gives voice to Fofo, a woman of another age, from a secluded part of the world. It allows her to briefly become the focal point of an international audience and communicate her unique story with people that she would never have the chance to do so otherwise.
    But the film also gives voice to the boy that I once was, providing a safe haven for an important question to be answered without ever actually being verbally addressed. 'Would you still love me?' may sound more like the question that a child would ask, rather than someone comfortable with his sexuality and living as an openly gay person, as I came to be. Being unable to come out to a woman I consider a second mother could be seen as cowardly or overdramatic for anyone accustomed to the progressive evolution of Western societies. However, the generation gap is huge. Greek society's attitudes towards homosexuality have always been influenced by traditional values and religious conservatism. Even recently introduced political protections for Greece's LGBTQ community have been met with backlash from those resistant to an already unpopular government's mandates. In fact, cases of violence, discrimination, and hate speech against LGBTQ Greeks have increased. So, this childlike question is the most I can muster - the only question I need answered.
    Ultimately, "Fofo or would you still love me?" is the product of personal experiences, a film made to work as a small personal catharsis. However, during the last decade, Greece's financial crisis has overshadowed some of the country's deep-rooted social pathogens. Thus, I hope that Fofo's answer can raise even the slightest bit of awareness about the emotional struggle of being a gay man in a country where people reject the social norms of the rest of Western society - an answer which gives hope.