I have a few questions regarding visiting Mount Athos. Some may find these strange questions, but they do serve a purpose for me. To preface, I am a male Greek citizen (with completed military duty) and a baptized Greek Orthodox who lives in the USA. I am exploring the possibility of producing an educational documentary that will take place on Mount Athos. I wish to keep specifics of my idea private at this time, as I am in the research phase. Approximately 25 years ago my Grandfather went on a scientific journey (sabbatical) to Mount Athos and lived with the monks for about 7 days. His profession was that of an Architect and he got permission through the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, which he was affiliated with. I wish to continue his work, but in the form of a documentary.
1. Is it possible for me to get permission to bring and use a video camera?
2. How cooperative are monasteries on Mount Athos with regard to my situation? Would it be at all possible for me to have cooperation with an English-speaking monk (for the narrative) to interview on camera and document their daily life? I am a Greek speaker, but for the purpose of this documentary, English would be more appropriate. My activities would be entirely un-ubtrucive to the monks and the monastery.
3. If I were to stay in the monstery, would there be access to electricity for the charging of a camera or laptop?
4. Is it possible to get in contact directly with a monk on Mount Athos? I won't bother asking about email.
If use of video equipment is absolutely not possible on Mount Athos, does anyone have any information about going to Meteora and the monastery of the Holy Trinity instead, with regard to my situation?
Edited by C. Angelis, 01 April 2008 - 08:23 PM.