Monday, 22 June 2015

Greece on the edge?

Greece on the Edge is a compelling short film that documents the everyday experiences of ‘the Greek’ financial crisis and years of severe austerity. This film offers a poignant counter-narrative to the elite focused coverage of high-level meetings between different elite political actors by foregrounding the struggles of Greek citizens.

Filmmaker Michael Chanan writes: "Greece is being punished by the Troika for the crime of electing the wrong government, a government that opposes austerity as a misconceived and unworkable policy that creates unpayable debts and has indefensible consequences for the mass of the people. In May 2015, I went to Athens with the #DebtAction Group organised by Johnna Montgomerie of the Political Economic Research Centre (PERC) at Goldsmiths College, to meet activists, trade unionists, journalists and academics and gauge the mood at ground level as Greece approaches the crunch. The resulting film looks at the effects of five years of austerity on household debt, and visits the CommonsFest, a forum for alternative politics, while economist and Syriza MP Costas Lapavitsas explains why the euro has been such a disaster for Greece."