The writings of Bill Mousoulis
Life-force: Anna Kannava 1959-2011
On May 5,
her mid 20s onwards, Anna’s life was primarily about body-management, about
medicines and treatments. She would
constantly feel frail or cold. The
Anna completely overcame this major obstacle life had put in her way: in her 30s and 40s she made a number of great films, short ones, documentaries, and also two feature films, Dreams for Life (2004) and Kissing Paris (2008), and she also wrote two novels, Stefanos of Limassol (2003) and So Much Joy – Lisboa! (2008), both of which will be published in the near future. She had an incredible energy, an incredible spirit, life-force. And she touched many people. She was a complete inspiration to many of us.
Listen to Maria Mercedes, the star of Dreams for Life: “Anna touched my life …she gave me the greatest gift: her friendship. Making Dreams for Life was the best experience of my entire life, as I had entered Anna's soul and I was no longer acting but ‘experiencing’ her vision. I will die a happy woman having had Anna and her 'Dreams' in my life. The world is now a much dimmer place ... we have lost someone who was highly intelligent, a brilliant artist, a generous soul. Had she not been taken away so soon, the world would have experienced more magic from her. We will miss her.”
And listen to Anthea Sidiropoulos, another Greek-Australian singer, and someone who never worked with Anna, but someone who loved her and understood her: “What I remember most about Anna was her staunch insistence that things could be achieved no matter what the odds. Anna reflected truth, dignity and the fight to move forward - we were only to focus on positive talk, no toxicity, positive outlook positive outcome, positive therapies. I connected with Anna immediately, as our sharing covered much to do with survivorship issues of breaking down disadvantage barriers of time, effort, opportunity, pain threshold, in order to get around to exploring and appreciating the good bits in life. And it is the present moment that is the point of power: the NOW is what exists. Anna Kannava was a driving force of life.”
I too was
totally captivated and enriched by this amazing being – she was a great friend
and great person to work with. Anna, we
will never forget you.
© Bill Mousoulis May 2011
This article first appeared in Neos Kosmos, 17 May 2011. reference