From 1985 to 1989, Constantin Pittas, a civil engineer from Athens, drove across Europe behind the wheel of a rickety old Greek car. Using a Minox 35mm compact camera, he took 30,000 black-and-white photographs. His aim was – somewhat naively, perhaps – to capture the core of the people living on both sides of the Iron Curtain to create a book representing Europe without borders. His last picture was taken in Berlin, a day after the fall of its infamous Wall. He believed that the end of Europe’s division also marked the end of the project. He stashed the negatives away in a box and moved on with his life. 25 years later, in 2014 he rediscovered his Minox and the negatives. Posting some of his pictures on social media eventually elevated him to fame as one of Greece’s most important photographers. On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, he travels to Berlin and other capitals, reliving the journey he took as a young man, in what is now a unified Europe.
Written & Directed by Lefteris Fylaktos
Photography: Thanasis Bakopoulos & Stratos Theodosiou
Sound: Nikos Paliatsoudis
Original Music: Thodoris Lebesis
Performed by the ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra
Editing: Lefteris Fylaktos
Executive Producer: Periklis Papadimitriou
Produced by ERT s.a.