A film by Paul Duane.
The world’s oldest mourning song, the mirologi unchanged in the mountain villages of Zagoria, a part of the ancient Greek province of Epirus, close by the Albanian border.
For three days every year, an unceasing festival of song is held there, its purpose: to heal life’s wounds for all who hear it and dance to it. For one man, it became a path from death, back into life.
“Love your life, and live it, but remember the dead, and that you won’t always be here.”
The music of Epirus is played so that people can dance to it, drink and be transported from their troubles, while also remembering their loved ones who have passed on
Thessaloniki Film Festival
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Belfast Film Festival
While You Live, Shine is featured on the RTE Culture website:
An extended version of RTE lyric fm’s Culture File interview with documentary filmmaker, Paul Duane, on his latest, While You Live, Shine, a film which takes us up, high in the mountains of Northern Greece, to one of the world’s oldest music festivals.