A pioneer Greek queer activist and her filmmaking team Paola Team Documentaries present their first feature documentary about “Kaliarda,” the secret language of the gay community in Greece, from the 40s until the country’s regime change in the early 70s. Paola became acquainted with Kaliarda towards the end of its use, in the 80s. The team started out aiming to record the history of Kaliarda, but realized they were recording the history of the queer community’s life in Greece during the 20th century. Themes start emerging, such as love, sexuality, hang-outs, the problems faced by gays at the time and how conditions gradually changed until today. In the documentary, we encounter academics and people from the street, who had a first-hand experience of our subject.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Paola Revenioti
Script: Dimitris Polemis
Cinematography: Elpiniki Voutsa
Editing: Vangelis Tsakas
Sound: Alexandros Synodinos
Music: Selofan
Production: Paola Team Documentaries
Producers: Petroula Pavlina Drakou
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Greece
Production Year: 2015
Duration: 58'
Contact: Paola Team Documentaries (Paola Revenioti, revenioti@gmail.com)

Paola Revenioti


2013 First Cemetery of Athens: A Walk with Paola (short)
2013 The Journey of Aris from Afghanistan to Greece (short)
2014 All Three of Them were Fabulous (short)
2014 Paola in Tyrnavos - Bourani (short)
2015 Kaliarda
2015 Women Who Love Women (short)
2016 Paola's interview to Dinos Christianopoulos
2016 Strange Where it Finds the Courage to Blossom
2017 Welcome
2021 The Oleanders