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We see views of fishermen who clean their nets and their sun and salt drenched faces look at the lens for a while. With a cigarette on their lips, they are working feverishly. In one of the slightly swinging boats, they have a pleasant conversation and in another one they load a barrel with the sun creating a beautiful natural painting with its shadows in the water.

The lens wanders on the fishing boats, the fishermen who clean the fishings nets, on a tavern owner who prepares his tables. Behind him, we can see the buildings in Rafina Square and the cliff on which, over time, the current restaurants were built to have the port as their view.

A little further down, the lens captures a fisherman who beats an octopus to make it more tender (the greek fishermen put the octopus to land and tenderize the flesh by pounding it against a stone surface). According to the fishermen, the octopus needs 40 beats in the stone to be delicious. Then he rinses it and along the way we watch various seafood that are ready for sale.

The film closes with the departure of the ship (maybe it is "Elena P") from the port and the lens focuses on the filmmaker's friend and the taverns that used to be in front of the port. One of them is the "tavern of Asimakis" that was in the port’s dock. There the Greek musician Tsitsanis was stranded from the weather and rumour has it that he was inspired and wrote the song "Stou gialou ta votsalakia” (The pebbles on the shore).

Last shots of the film are the ship's captain, the dock that was made of a cement ship and the port of Rafina.


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Bonar, Andrew Graham

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