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article imageMini-documentary series: 'Portraits of Greece in Crisis'

By Anne Sewell     Mar 29, 2013 in World
Athens - A new series of short documentaries about the Greek crisis has been created to fulfill the need for an alternative crisis narrative. The series shows the people going through their daily routines in a country which is suffering.
"Portraits of Greece in Crisis" is a series of independent and self-funded mini documentaries about the current economic crisis in Greece.
This is an ongoing project, showing people going through their daily routines, the institutions that are collapsing and how conceptions are being distorted during a crisis that is cultural, economic, moral, political and social.
The project was created to fulfill the need for an alternative narrative, other than the unprecedented big media propaganda.
The group creating these mini-documentaries is hoping that they will become a historical documentation of the crisis.
So far, five portraits have been released, describing the issues of unemployment, the failure of the social state, the resurgence of fascism and xenophobia.
One of the most popular mini-documentaries of the series is the portrait “Kialo Amadu, minor immigrant in Athens”. This documentary covers 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.
Above is the most recent portrait in the series, the portrait of "Aggeliki, blind employee in Greece." Aggeliki is blind and works at a public hospital and her salary has also been affected by the cuts.
She explains that she feels guilty, because as a disabled person she has a job. But then goes on to say that while she was previously earning approximately 900 euros, after the cuts she goes home with almost 700 euros. The family's mortgage comes directly off her salary. The balance of only 400 euros has to pay the bills and feed her family, an unemployed husband who is unable to claim any benefits and a three-year-old child.
The mini-documentaries offer a clearer and more personal image of what is really happening in a country in severe crisis.
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