In 1962, a group of young women made headlines in Greece by running away to join a convent. Each time they were captured and sent back to their families, but they kept trying until they finally succeeded. Uninterested in praying all day, they started a shelter, providing a family for abandoned and abused children. Half a century later, the surviving founders are still running the Lyrio Children’s Village without help from church or state, raising infants without a wedding band. This film tells the story of their vision and how they’ve changed the lives of more than 500 hundred children’s so far – simply by taking their fate into their own hands.

“Mana” was the first documentary in Greece to successfully use crowdfunding in order to secure financing. You can visit our Kickstarter campaign here:

After the 2018 wildfires in Greece, the film went viral helping the Lyrio Children’s Village raise funds for renovations after it was partially burned down.

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