Politics and Independence

Documentary in Greece during the crisis

Authored by: Lydia Papadimitriou

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415717397
eBook ISBN: 9781315678863
Adobe ISBN: 9781317392460


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The opening film of the Fourteenth Thessaloniki Documentary Festival on March 9, 2012 was Algerian-born French director Tony Gatliff’s Indignados (2012). A formally hybrid film, it combines re-enacted sequences of an African immigrant crossing the Greek shores on her way to greener pastures in Europe with footage from the Occupy movements in Spain, and extensive quotes from Stephane Hessel’s polemical essay Indignez-vous!/Time for Outrage! (2010). The choice of this film to open Greece’s main non-fiction film festival reflected the pulse of the country at the time.

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