The Story

A war to keep the peace. In the small village of Vrontados on the Greek island of Chios, there is unrest. For over a century, parishioners of two Greek Orthodox churches have engaged in a battle on Holy Saturday, firing more than 100,000 homemade rockets at each other’s churches once the sun goes down.

This film is a reflection of a sense of devotion that feels lost in the modern world. Seeing people with so much passion for the craft and tradition of rocket-making was invigorating to witness while filming. The idea of giving your heart and soul over to something that you love is at the core of the story. We’re all after something we can give our lives to, something that can help create deeper connections with each other. It’s strange to think that this tradition can do it – but that’s a reality for many in Vrontados. They live and breathe rockets, and that’s what brings them together, especially during their Easter holiday.


Production Company | Creative Collective: Variable
Post Production: Variable

Director | Editor: Salomon Ligthelm
Cinematographer: Khalid Mohtaseb
RC Helicopter: Snaproll Media
Colorist: Sal Malifatano @ Nice Shoes
Sound Mix | Sound Design: Defacto Sound

Flying test runs prior to the main Rocket Wars event with the Sony a7s on our custom modified UAV.