I met Benji when I saw a man tying a camera around his neck. “We are making a movie – “How to See Greece Through the Eyes of a Dog,” he told me and introduced himself as Magnus from Schadenfreude Films. “This is Benji. He’s a stray and lives here in the square. But he also lives with me.” Benji looks at me with his golden eyes.
How to see Greece through the eyes of a dog! Wow! What an exciting topic!
I told Magnus about the book of dog stories I had written, and that’s how I ended up taking on a starring role in the film. My role is the “stranger in Greece” who’s written a book about dogs. He and his colleagues filmed me in Syntagma Square in central Athens, where I drew a charcoal portrait of Benji and was interviewed about my book and about the role of dogs in Greece. Check out this short video on YouTube. With a little luck, we’ll be able to broadcast the whole movie with more actors on the Greek public broadcasting channel NERIT.