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'Kefalonia Insomnia' film captures earthquake devastation on island

Sombre but heartfelt documentary made by family team who love the Ionian island

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Entitled 'Kefalonia Insomnia', the five-minute video documentary is the work of Daniel, Nils, Tim and Alexandra Kullack, who made Kefalonia their home five years ago

A screengrab from the film showing the damage to Lixouri harbour A screengrab from the film showing the damage to Lixouri harbour The disaster visited on the people and environment of Kefalonia by two major earthquakes and over a thousand smaller tremors in less than two weeks has been captured in a sombre but heartfelt documentary produced by a German family that has made the Ionian island their home.

Entitled Kefalonia Insomnia, the five-minute video is the work of brothers Nils and Tim Kullack, who are in their early 20s, and their parents Daniel and Alexandra.

The family team decided to record the video after the second major earthquake on February 3, which measured 6.0 on the Richer scale according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The series of quakes on the island began on January 26, with a 5.9 tremor. In the nine days that followed, there were a staggering 1,328 earthquakes above magnitude 3 on the island, according to the Institute of Geodynamics in Athens. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, but there have been no fatalities, as a result of the quakes. 

Among the scenes of destruction in the video is footage of Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias being heckled by islanders, who can be heard contrasting the government's slow response to the earthquakes with the speed it produced €4m reward money for the arrest of escaped terrorist convicts last month. 

Kefalonia Insomnia from Nils Kullack on Vimeo

"We made this video because we wanted to show what happened. We just wanted to document what we saw with our own eyes because we do not believe that the state can help the residents as it should help due to the financial situation," Alexandra Kullack told EnetEnglish.

"Although you cannot compare the two 6.0 magnitude quakes like the massive earthquakes in places like Japan, this is a local tragedy for many people," she added.

"This is our view of the disaster, the view of four people who feel for the island from the depth of our hearts."

The family has lived for the past five years in the village of Rifi, which is outside Lixouri, on the peninsula most affected by the earthquakes. There has been extensive damage to older houses in the area.

The video ends with footage showing that not all parts of the island have been affected by the earthquakes, a message that the Kullacks hope will encourage tourists to continue visiting the beautiful island. 

"Pou pas?" (Where are you going?), the video asks at the end.  "Time to assist."

A screengrab from the film A screengrab from the film

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