Chania Film Festival: “Once Upon an Island” – 9th June

Once upon an Island is a documentary by Michael Havas (New Zealand) presented within the framework of the Chania Film Festival 2020.
WHEN: 9th June 21.00
WHERE:  Municipal Cinema Garden, A. Papandreou, open air cinema,  (‘Kipos’), Chania
Entrance: free
Running time: 56′

Free seat reservations through the website here.
Procedure: see posting of Très Court International Film Festival 10th June.


In 1975, New Zealander Michael Havas directed his first documentary on the Battle of Crete and the Maori’s participation in it. The Battle of Crete was an integral part of Maori’s modern identity. At the same time, it created strong ties between the two peoples. Ties that marked Cretans and Maori.Michael Havas first came to Crete in 1973 and was so moved by the hospitality and love he experienced for New Zealanders that he decided to make a film that would essentially capture this powerful bond that the Battle of Crete created between these two peoples.

In 2016, Michael Havas returned to Crete for his new film “Beyond the Battalion”. Director and main character of a film that captures the effort to keep alive the historical memory and especially to pass on to future generations the strong bond that the Battle of Crete created between the Maori and Cretans.

Source: Keppedich-Kam, Chania Film Festival



9 June Once upon an Island
“Once upon an island”


I'm Austrian living in Tavronitis, love nature, music, good books, sunsets, the sea, travelling, socializing and more. I came to Crete as a student in the early 70s, exploring the west and southwest of the island with friends by motorbike. When you are young everything is important and, there are lots of things to do...I did. Job, family,children, travelling the world. But I never lost my love for Crete for a minute. And nine years ago I ended up in this convenient corner of Crete, not only for holidays, but to stay and haven't regretted it for a minute.