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Aliki Saragas-Georgiou

Documentary filmmaker and photographer

Director: I, Mary

Aliki is a South African documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Johannesburg. Aliki’s first documentary feature film, Strike a Rock (2017) (IDFA Bertha, NFVF, Bertha Foundation, Women Make Movies supported), had a very successful local and international festival run including Sheffield Doc/Fest and IDFA and has won multiple awards including the Amnesty International Award for Human Rights (2017), Best Documentary (2017/2018) in multiple juries across the world including DIFF, Encounters, Sole Luna (Italy) Beirut Women’s Festival and more, and was nominated for two SAFTAs.

Aliki was selected as one of the 100 Young Mandelas of the future (2018), IDFAcademy (2017), Durban Talents (2018) and Durban FilmMart (2019). Together with the women in Marikana, the Strike a Rock team launched a large impact campaign to demand justice and accountability for the community of Marikana by hosting over 60 impact screenings worldwide and with a community based screening tour. Aliki was one of the drivers of the Johannesburg Impact and Advocacy team in the newly formed NPO Sisters Working In Film and Television Organisation (SWIFT), and sat on its board from 2017 – 2019.

Aliki is the owner of Elafos Productions, a company dedicated to cinematic storytelling that focuses on social justice content. Aliki’s latest TV documentary that she directed, Born Survivor, that explores the intersection of GBV and Albinism, was broadcast on CGTN in September 2020. The feature length version, I Mary, is being completed for festival premiere in 2021.

2021 (23rd) Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival