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Greece: To the Bottom of Debt

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A place of a perfect vacation for some, a unique trace of ancient European history for others; whatever face Greece has for you, the one that has been most discussed recently cannot be overlooked; that of Greece as a country struck by the economic crisis whose turbulent impact soon followed, along with the response of the citizens. Learn about the recent history of the Greek protests and economic crisis from February 9 to 15, 2015 at DAFilms.com for free!


A clear “NO” that was heard from the Greek citizens revolting against the tightening of the belts of the local economy from the beginning of 2011 culminated in May 2011 on the squares of Athens and its force became fully manifested in the current dramatic change of the Greek political scene. The particular progress of the protests as well as the facts that were not covered by the media are captured in the raw film 155 SOLD. Greek director Yiorgos Panteleakis appears in the middle of the protesting crowds in Athens with his camera, capturing their rage as well as the numerous police. The mutual ideological clashes burst into aggressive violence. The film, which has been screened at the Doc Alliance festival Jihlava IDFF among others, also includes video footage by the very participants of the protests frequently filmed in chaotic and dangerous situations.

The second film THE PRISM, too, notices those who have a first-hand experience of the difficult situation. However, this time it is not a concrete protest but the general economic crisis experienced by every Greek. How do people in productive age, old people, educated people, people from villages and people from cities cope with the new life situation? All that has been captured in the result of a collective collaboration of 14 photo journalists, 4 journalists and many other volunteers initiated by two friends who returned home after living abroad for a long time. The film which introduces new perspectives as well as new ways of visual narrative was made within the prestigious project IDFA DocLab and was screened at the key Canadian festival Hot Docs among others.

The look into the recent past of the Greek society is completed by two attractive films LIKE STONE LIONS AT THE GATEWAY INTO NIGHT and DOMINO. While the former revisits the concrete historical experience of artists who were imprisoned on the isle of Makronisos in the late 1940s, managing to transform the traces of evil and suffering into art by means of the language of poetry, the latter short film by visual artist Lotte Schreiber travels the undulating Greek landscape, reflecting on the meaning of abandoned objects, ruins of the past, that represent an integral part of contemporary Greece.

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Domino

Domino (Orig.) / 2005 / Austria, Italy / 12 min

As Robert Smithson said, if you trigger specific associations from a site, if you deal directly with its visual appearance, with that which Roland Barthes calls the "simulacrum of the object," then the goal is to understanda new type of structure as a whole, which generates new meanings.

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Like Stone Lions at the Gateway into Night

Comme des lions de pierre à l'entrée de la nuit (Orig.) / 2012 / France, Greece, Switzerland / 87 min

Between 1947 and 1950, more than 80 000 Greek citizens were imprisoned on the isle of Makronisos (Greece) in reeducation camps created to ‘fight the spread of communism’. Among these exiles were a number of writers and poets, including Yannis Ritsos and Tassos Livaditis. Despite the deprivation and torture, these prisoners succeeded in composing poems, which describe their struggle for survival in this world of internment...

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155 Sold

155 Sold (Orig.) / 2012 / Greece / 45 min

Yiorgos Panteleakis’s documentary takes a full contact approach to the protests that took place in Athens in late May 2011 against the country’s austerity measures, as well as the violence used by the police while quelling the protests. The series of unpolished scenes includes footage shot not only by the filmmakers but also by the participants themselves. The demonstrations are presented as spontaneous, wild, and uncoordinated events.

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The Prism

Krisis (Orig.) / 2012 / Greece / 62 min

Krisis is a feature documentary film connected to The Prism GR2011 project, a collective documentation of Greece done with DSLR cameras during 2010-11. It focuses on the economic crisis and how it has affected its people in this quiet and calm country at the eastern border of Europe. The desire was to tell the story of the tormented country through a new type of narrative...

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