Elegiac and painful documentary about incarcerated lepers in the island of Spinalonga, very close to Crete. This is no graphic film and Pollet captures the derelict asylum in genuinely poetic imagery. The inmate expresses his plight with sad eloquence and dignity; the narrative contains an unmistakeable political touch, that extends to all sorts of stigmatizations and incarcerations. Foucauldians should not abstain!
An important, troubling film about the former leper colony on the Greek island of Spinalonga, which shows due empathy towards people who have been shamefully mistreated and cast aside- including one man who speaks to camera of his experiences. Here director Pollet's repetitions add to the sense of a bleak burden imposed by society. Though the colony has gone the film is still very relevant in today's callous world.