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Makronisos – Greek Civil War (working title)

The Greek Dachau

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ARTS

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Krys Georgiadis

  • PRODUCER Carmel McAloon

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

At 85 years of age, Greek Australian Vasili reflects on his family’s traumatic experiences during and after the Greek Civil War and embarks on a journey to the islands of Ai Strati, Ikaria and Makronisos, where 75 years earlier, his father and over 100,000 political prisoners, were exiled for a period of four years, enduring torture that many did not survive. Their crime was resisting fascism.

Vasili’s journey is observed through the camera lens of his daughter Krys, the filmmaker of this documentary and together they try to make sense of why these atrocities happened.

Artwork by Makronisos survivor Giorgos Farsakidis (1926 - 22/7/2020)

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12.90% funded
  • $200,000.00

    FUNDING GOAL
  • $25,800.00

    FUNDS RAISED
  • June 2023

    PROJECT ENDS
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Anonymous $15,000.00
Peter Ewer $700.00
Steve Vlahos/ Vivienne Court Trading $10,000.00
Anonymous $100.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Seventy two years have passed since the Greek Civil War ended and there has been no official reconciliation, or an inquiry into war crimes and missing people.

The filmmaker’s aim is to record victim’s stories during this dark period in Greece’s history and inform international audiences, so that history and the consequences of such evil human actions don’t repeat.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Through international screenings, the filmmaker also aims to call on relatives and friends of Makronisos survivors, to assist in creating a registry of names in honour of the men, women and children who were exiled, tortured and executed in Makronisos during the Greek Civil War.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The documentary will not only inform international audiences and the Greek diaspora but create a forum where victims and their families can connect and discuss their experiences, educate the community and introduce the history of the Greek Civil War in schools, as it’s been the best-kept secret within the Greek and international education system.

Activities

How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Coming soon

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Through the power of visual storytelling of personal experiences during the Greek Civil War including exile, betrayal, persecution, torture, displacement, murder, the documentary not only gives victims and their families an opportunity to document their collective stories but to also provide them with a global voice in a world where these atrocities are repeating over and over again.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

The filmmaker’s aim is to record victim’s stories during this dark period in Greece’s history and inform international audiences, so that history and the consequences of evil human actions don’t repeat.

Through international screenings, the filmmaker also aims to call on relatives and friends of Makronisos survivors, to assist in creating a registry of names in honour of the children, women and men who were exiled, tortured and executed in Makronisos during the Greek Civil War.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The documentary will not only inform international audiences and the Greek diaspora but create a forum where victims and their families can connect and share their experiences, educate the community and advocate for the introduction of the history of the Greek Civil War in school curriculums, as it’s been the best-kept secret within the Greek and Greek diaspora’s education system.