Silent Witness

Koutsiabasakos Dimitris

Greece, 2016


In 2006, the Trikala prison closes down after 110 years of use. Seven individuals whose destinies have been shaped by the prison walls return to trace its past. Each of their personal stories constitutes a piece of Modern Greek history. What future awaits this historic monument? What will become its new purpose? An unexpected discovery reveals the sites hidden secret and poses a crucial question: How do we deal with historical memory?


Director: Dimitris Koutsiabasakos

Research – Screenplay: Glykeria Patramani

Cinematography: Haris Farros

Editing – Sound: Christos Yannakopoulos

Music: Vangelis Fampas

Cast: Kostas Samaras, Giannis Agoumis, Vasileios Dafos, Efi Chatzimanou, Maroula Kliafa, Alkiviadis Zampakas (1927 – 2015), Thanasis Athanasiou, Spyros Kougioumtzoglou

Academic Consultant: Ioannis Poulios

Production: KinoLab

Producer: Dimitris Koutsiabasakos

Color: Color

Duration: 72′


  • Kornetis, Kostis (2014), ‘From Reconciliation to Vengeance: The Greek Civil War on Screen in Pantelis Voulgaris’s A Soul so Deep and Kostas Charalambous’s Tied Red Thread’, Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies, Issue 2/Special Issue: Fotiou M., Kazakopoulou T. & Phillis Ph. (eds), Contemporary Greek Film Cultures.
  • Ioannis, Poulios , ‘Discussing strategy in heritage conservation: Living heritage approach as an example of strategic innovation’, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 4 Iss: 1, pp.16 – 34, 2014
  • 18th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Catalogue
  • Director’s Interview,
  • Director’s Interview,


Dimitris Koutsiabasakos studied movie and television direction at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, Russia (V.G.I.K.). He directed documentaries, serials, short and feature films. His work has received many awards in Greece and abroad. From 2000 to this day, he teaches acting on screen at different drama schools, among which is the National Theatre of Northern Greece. From to 2004 to 2007 he was a lecturer at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean, and from 2009 to 2015 he taught at the School of Film Studies of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Aristostle University of Thessaloniki.




1992   His Favorite People (short)

1993   Young Russians

1997   Hercules, Acheloös and my Granny (short)

2013   The Grocer

2014   Becoming an Αctor (feature)

2016   Silent Witness (feature)

2017   Yannis Kastritsis: The Man and His Shadow (feature)


1995   The Bridge (short)

1998   Hill 33

2006   The Guardian’s Son (feature)

Video Dance

2001   Frida (short)



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