Documentary on hidden victims of Greek austerity that's crowdfunded, free & CC-licensed

Into the Fire writes, "Into The Fire is a film with a difference. Besides being a hard hitting documentary which shows the plight of refugees and migrants amidst a collapsing Greek economy, it's also an experiment in new film production and distribution techniques. A year ago, we made a first, crowd-funded trip to Athens. We filmed shocking levels of racism, police brutality, and right-wing extremism - as well as the courageous and inspiring people who are organising against it.

"Into the Fire will be released on 21st April on the internet. We crowd-funded the film and crowd-sourced the subtitles: it's been translated into eight languages using the open subtitler Amara. We are also using crowd-sourcing as the release and distribution strategy for the documentary: anyone who signs up to participate will receive embedding details ahead of time, and the film will be released on various websites simultaneously. The audience becomes the distribution network."


  1. I’m fascinated by this, as I was over there about 2 months ago, and at least in Athens, I saw no visible signs of decay at all, unless you count the prominent Neo-Nazi posters scattered around the place.

    1.  Couldn’t some kind of timely, fair and safe process for asylum seekers be required instead?

      Blaming the victims of mob and state violence is not helpful to anyone. Find jobs and a decent life for people and you will be amazed how hard people work and how well they integrate into a community.

      1. I agree it would be good to “find jobs” but that applies to millions of people in Greece and there are many people who do not feel safe or fairly treated even in their lifelong home.

    1. ‘Anarchy’ would be much better. A significant proportion of the antifascist/antiracist organising happening in Greece now is based in anarchist (or anarchist-ish) communities. Most of the fascist graffiti that you see around here has been covered over with anarchist antifa messages, and the anarchist squat/social centre scene is an important base for providing safe spaces and services (like collective kitchens) for migrants and other marginalised sectors of the Greek population.

  2. This desperately needs to be framed as an EU problem. The EU is composed of 45 countries and it doesn’t want to equitably deal with refugees, which is a humanitarian and aid-oriented problem, ie. 42 countries don’t get a free ride due to an accident of geography. It also needs to be framed as a critical problem that deserves humanitarian aid, ie. responsibility needs to be made more equitable right now.

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