the way to the West / synopsis



The Way to the West


Directed by Kyriakos Katzourakis

February 2003


The Way to the West is a documentary with dramatized segments. A woman from the former Soviet Union, Irina (Katia Gerou) comes to Greece in search of a better life and falls victim to the sex slave trade (trafficking). She wanders around Athens in search of a friend of hers who has disappeared. Her story unfolds through a series of personal confessions. During these moments of reality, Irina is in some way present as a sort of “suffering angel” who comments on the aftermath, indirectly linking the present to the past, the real to the imaginary. The presence of painting in the film stresses or illustrates the dreams and nightmares that this intense slice of present-day reality provokes. In other words the uprooting of millions of people from their homes – history that repeats itself.



Written and Directed by Kyriakos Katzourakis

Research Katia Gerou

Assistant Director – Dramatized Segments Daphne Tolis

Screen Writers – Dramatized Segments Maro Douka, Katia Gerou

Cinematography Alexis Grivas

Additional Cinematography Akis Zorbas, Kyriakos Katzourakis

Edited by Daphne Tolis, Kyriakos Katzourakis

Sound – Dramatized Segments Yiannis Haralambidis, Daphne Tolis

Sound Mixer Kostas Varibopiotis

Sound Design Daphne Tolis, Kyriakos Katzourakis

Sound Consultant Yannis Haralambidis

Executive Production Omada Technis

Executive Producers Nikos Doukas, Roula Nikolaou

Production Secretary Michelle Kondou

Post Production Advisor Akis Zorbas

Post Production Nikos Kanakis, Omada Technis

Color Timer Nikos Katoufas

Cast – Dramatized Segments Irina – Katia Gerou

Special Appearances Maria Egglezakis, Thodoris Grampsas, Nikos Arvanitis, Vasias Eleftheriadis

Transfer 35 mm Cinepix, Germany

Film Laboratory Cinemagic LTD

Sound Facilities Accelere LTD

Sound Transfer Sound Studio

 Production Greek Film Center, Hellenic Broadcasting CORP: NET Omada Technis



Maro Douka’s play

Do you like Brahms?

Irina Katia Gerou

Stage Direction/ Visual Installation Kyriakos Katzourakis

music Dimitris Theoharis

This monologue describes the story of Irina, a young woman from the former Soviet Union who comes to Greece after the events of 1990 and becomes a victim of sexual exploitation. Irina talks of her lost country, her lost culture and her unfulfilled dreams. Through a series of personal confessions and flash backs, her story unfolds and with it the everlasting adventure of immigrants.