Great Lakes Christian Film Festival
Official Selection #GLCFF #GLCFF2019
Philothei the Athenian (2018)
A 60-minutes dramatized, historic documentary on the life and works of Saint Philothei, brings her story to light.
In the sixteenth century, during the Ottoman rule, an Athenian noblewoman dares to defy the authority of Suleiman the Magnificent. She frees men and women from the slave markets, paying for their liberation from her personal fortune. She helps them escape or keeps them free to live off the land that she offers them from her estates, where all equal, regardless of religion and ethnicity.
She sets up the first school for women in Greece and Europe. She prepares them to live on their own resources, offering professional training to over two thousand apprentices.
She founds a hospital, which offers free treatment to Greek, Turks and Franks alike. She provides refuge for women, abused, pregnant, exposed to stoning, helping them to escape through the ancient tunnels beneath the town and to reach the islands.
Her activity riles the conquerors and the establishment. She is taken prisoner, tortured and is killed as a martyr in 1589.