The mysterious and otherworldly Monastic Republic of Mount Athos, a peninsula in northern Greece, has long been off-limits to women. Even tourists have no chance of entering the walls of this ancient mountain enclave – any woman who would attempt to do so risks arrest at the hands of local police. This startling policy is all the more bizarre when taking into account that Mount Athos receives taxpayer funding from its fellow member states in the European Union, including female taxpayers!
A new documentary called ‘Women on the Verge: The Monastic Republic of Mount Athos’ explores this strange state of affairs and attempts to answer some burning questions; why are women banned from entry? What kind of impact does it have on people’s lives? And how can we create a balance between religious freedom and modern gender equality? Following in-depth conversations with experts, activists and locals, viewers will gain a unique insight into this enigmatic corner of Europe.
If you’re interested in learning more about this peculiar place and its fascinating history, then be sure to check out ‘Women on the Verge: The Monastic Republic of Mount Athos’. Whether you’re interested in religion, human rights or just looking for something different – you won’t be disappointed by what this intriguing documentary has to offer!