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Blind fisherman

We follow the life of Yannis Koukoumialos who, although having lost his sight and his arm, fishes in the open sea for the past 70 years of his life.

Directed by
Stratis Vogiatzis | Thekla Malamou

Script
Stratis Vogiatzis | Thekla Malamou I Ioanna Pogiantzi

Photography
Stratis Vogiatzis | Thekla Malamou

Edit
Ioanna Pogiantzi

Music
Chrysanthos Christodolou

Sound
Chrysanthos Christodolou

Photography
Thekla Malamou



Through Yannis, we embark upon a journey where fairytale and realism are two sides of the same coin, revealing the fascinating powers that color the human soul. We see the world through the eyes of this extraordinary man, on a path which unfolds the strength and the transcendence of the human spirit.

The documentary “the blind fisherman” by Stratis Vogiatzis and Thekla Malamou presents the life of Yannis Koukoumialos, who lost his eyesight and his arm at the age of eleven. Born in the fishing village of langada, on the island of chios, he learned the art of fishing at a very young age. using images he recalls from before he was blinded, in a world that is organized and structured in his mind, guided by his sixth sense and a divine power as he says, he has charted a map with which he has been sailing the sea for the last 70 years. In this documentary we embark with kyr Yiannis on a journey where fairytale and reality are two sides of the same coin, revealing the opposing and fascinating forces that color the human soul. “The blind fisherman” won the audience award on the 14th International Documentary Festival of Thessaloniki