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Utopia on the Horizon
ROAR presents ‘Utopia on the Horizon’, a documentary on the Greek debt crisis and anti-austerity movement, dedicated to those who chose to struggle.
In May 2011, hundreds of thousands of Greeks swarmed into Syntagma Square in Athens to protest against the firesale of their country, their labor rights and their livelihoods to corrupt domestic elites and foreign financial interests.
In a matter of days, a protest camp was set up – organized on the principles of direct democracy, leaderless self-management and mutual aid – providing a glimpse of utopia in the midst of a devastating financial, political and social crisis. On June 28-29, during a Parliamentary vote on further austerity measures, the state finally responded with brutal force, eventually evicting the protesters from the square and crushing the radical potential of their social experiment.
A year later, Leonidas Oikonomakis and Jérôme Roos – PhD researchers at the European University Institute and co-authors of the activist blog ROARMAG.org – returned to Athens to speak to activists involved in the movement and the occupation of Syntagma Square, as well as WWII resistance hero Manolis Glezos. What follows is this dramatic portrait of a country veering on the brink of collapse; and the people who chose to struggle in order to build a new world on the ruins of the old.
New documentary by Ross Domoney: Athens; Social Meltdown
via Aletheia Photos
Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou explains the social meltdown which took place in Greece between May 2010 & June 2012 that is on going. This film contains videos and photos shot on the streets, often containing violence and paints a portrait of widespread economic hardship endured by a cities inhabitants. This film is part of an ongoing research project, which looks at the rapid structural changes which Greece is undergoing.
Produced & Directed by Ross Domoney
Interview: Dimitris Dalakglou
Filmed, Photographed & Edited by Ross Domoney
Our Present is Your Future: How to Destroy Public Health Services
As we begin to see the first major casualties of the disasterous PFI schemes which have locked NHS hospitals into unpayable debts to private companies, it is worth reflecting on what privatisation may mean in the medium term. Under conditions of even greater austerity in Greece the results seem clear. Heathcare has become the preserve of the rich.
As this short, incisive film from the ReelNews team demonstrates, the impact on ordinary people has been catastrophic.
‘Our present is your future’: [In Greece] Out of 131 hospitals, as many as 50 will be closed. Patients already have to pay at the door when going to see a doctor. Procedures will have to be paid up front, and if you don’t have the money you will be sent home. “People will die.” “The cruelty is unbelieveable.” “This is a nightmare.”
For more excellent documetaries on the effects of the crisis in Greece, the UK & around the world, see: http://reelnews.co.uk/
Duck the Jubilee!
One’s Diamond Jubilee message for One’s loyal subjects. Enjoy, scum!
a message of love for all those men and women, gays and bisexuals, builders and teachers, nurses and rat-catchers, sex addicts and drug addicts, Catholics and Cathars, vegans and burger-lovers, alchies and teetotallers, cat-people or horse-lovers, dreamers and depressives that have a thing for the royal family, the queen, the princes, the monarchy and all other forms of social hierarchies
by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou (2011)
A great introduction to what is happening in Greece. It examines the causes of the crisis and considers what can be done, drawing parallels with the precedents set in Argentina and Ecuador.
It is also a great example of innovative methods of film funding, production and distribution. The budget of 8,000 euros was raised in donations over just 10 days. It is distributed freely online and its makers do not seek to commercially exploit it in anyway; the film was seen by half a million people within the first 5 days of its release.
by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis (2004)
Occupy. Resist. Produce. This film follows the workers of the Forja auto plant who reclaim their closed factory and turn it into a worker cooperative. A radical example of what can be done. There is an alternative.
The Shock Doctrine
by Michael Winterbottom (2009)
Based on the book by Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine documents the growth of disaster capitalism and its devastating consequences in Chile, Russia and Iraq; a good introduction to the global rise of neo-liberalism. Click here to watch the film on Channel Four’s 4oD.
Argentina’s Economic Collapse (Memoria del Saqueo)
by Fernando Solanas (2003)
A movie on how the implementation of neo-liberal policies, which enabled the swindle of billions of dollars by foreign banks and corporations, finally resulted in the 2001 crisis, when many of Argentina’s assets and resources were plundered, and the level of poverty rose to 57.5%. For the original version of the movie with Spanish subtitles click here, while for a Greek one click here.