By Tamara van der Putten On March 28, 2013
Press release via PortraitsofGreeceinCrisis.com
Portraits of Greece in Crisis is a series of independent and self-funded mini-documentaries about the Greek crisis. An ongoing project that was created in order to fulfill the need for an alternative crisis narrative, against an unprecedented big media propaganda.
Portraits of people through the daily routine of which the Greek crisis is being described, portraits of institutions that are collapsing and of conceptions that are being distorted during a crisis that is economic, political, cultural, moral and social.
In essence, Portraits of Greece in Crisis is a project that films the experiment executed upon Greece; a registration of today, that tomorrow will turn into a historical documentation of the crisis.
Five portraits have been released, until now. They describe the issues of unemployment, social state’s failure, resurgent fascism and xenophobia, as long as citizens’ efforts for self-organization against collapsing constitutions. The project aims to cover as widely as possible crisis’ spectrum in every corner of Greece and beyond.
The portrait “Kialo Amadu, minor immigrant in Athens”, one of the most popular films of the project, approaches the particularly sensitive issue of racism in a country which is forced into poverty. Kialo talks about his life in Athens and describes the real “danger” of a society, where compassion and solidarity are replaced by racism and xenophobia.
The most recent portrait is about Aggeliki. Aggeliki is a blind employee in a public hospital. Aggeliki’s salary, as well as the salaries of thousands of disabled people working in public section, has not been excluded from the cuts. According to international data, when a seeing person covers its vital needs with a salary of 1000 euros, a blind person needs the treble salary for the same needs. The cuts in salaries and pensions of disabled people are one more proof of social state’s failure during the greek crisis. Government’s mercilessness reaches its peak with the repression of disabled people’s demonstrations by the riot police.
The project Portraits of Greece in Crisis is currently self-funded and relies entirely on volunteer work and its creators’ contributions. The members of the project aim to shortly seek for viewers – co-producers who will help financially, in order to cover even more aspects of the social experiment that is taking place in Greece and is possible to be applied in other European countries soon.