Creative, Interventionist Documentary, 35:25 min, 2017 Co-Produced with Lucid Walks


  • Hellas Filmbox Berlin, 2018
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival, 2018
  • Barcelona International Film Festival, 2018
  • Media Library of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2018
  • Media Library of Visions du Réel, 2018


Three enigmatic travellers use a collection of grotesque masks, spanning from Batman to Commedia dell’arte, as a vehicle for smuggling themselves across a cultural threshold in West Africa’s Benin. Studio Harmattan tells a story of harshness and marvel – of attempted encounters – between the three travelers and those Beninese photographers they visit in their studios along their way. A mesmerizing experimental documentary that fuses culture, art and travel.


Written & Directed by Stefanos Pavlakis
Produced by Panos Adamopoulos & Stefanos Pavlakis
Characters: Jolijn Engelbertink, Eliza Panagiotatou & Stefanos Pavlakis
Camera & Sound: Stefanos Pavlakis
Editing: Stefanos Pavlakis
Sound Design: Fred Bigot
Grading: Juan Galva
Translation: Claudia Radecke