GREEK CHRONICLE PROJECT
2011 – 2016
100+ Playlists · 2.000+ Videos · 3.000+ Minutes
One interactive web-documentary.
“In the Greek Chronicle Project, events and people speak for themselves.”
Greece in Crisis
Greece (Hellas) is one of the most ancient and revered civilizations in the world. There is no doubt of the definitive impact that Hellenism has had on the history and evolution of humanity. However, the Hellenic Golden Age faded long ago. Greece’s present economic crisis reveals the tragic fate of a once great democratic state. The “Greek Crisis” reflects in a microcosm –and is a warning– of the Global Crisis that all of humanity is faced with.
Soon it will be 10 years since Greece has been like a country under siege, confronted as it has been with economic and social disaster. Also taking into consideration the immense Refugee crisis that has been increasingly surging, especially in recent years, Greece is indeed in humanitarian crisis. Whatever blame may fall on the Greek people for their role in the Crisis, it is in fact primarily the negligent decisions and actions by all modern governing administrations, regardless of political inclination, that have forced this nation into a state of emergency, taking a heavy toll on the very lives and livelihood of the Greek citizens, and which, consequently, have brought worldwide disrepute to this country, to its people, as well as to the Hellenic cultural heritage.
Greece deserves a reevaluation; the Greek people deserve a second chance.
Greek reality Uncut
Be a witness to the development and escalation of the Greek Crisis on the “GREEK CHRONICLE PROJECT: Footage Archive”, an interactive web-documentary.
The Greek Chronicle Project is a documentary/Archive database, consisting of photographs and footage documenting the Greek and Refugee crises between 2011–2016, filmed by director-filmmaker Zafeiris Haitidis. The purpose of this web-project is to tell the story of the Greek Crisis through the point-of-view and voices of the Greek people (via the documentation of political events and mass reactions), as well as to present the Refugee crisis in Greece, to an international audience, especially the Greek expatriate communities globally.
This Footage Archive-website consists of 2.000+ unedited videos in Greek (over 50 hours of handheld, HD raw-footage in total) and, additionally, showcases 100 unprocessed photographs. The videos are divided into 2 Categories: the “Greek Crisis” (1.770 videos / 46 hrs) and the “Refugee crisis in Greece” (250+ videos / 4+ hrs). Visitors/Users of the Archive-website can watch the vast selection of Uncut (one-take) videos in their entirety, in linear sequence, by viewing chronologically one “Event-playlist” after the other; or they have the access to interact with the audiovisual database, free to make viewing choices by using several website-tools, such as: Searching by Tags, by Year (2011–2016), by Themes of Event-playlists, and through an All-Events Timeline; which are accompanied by Event-Photographs; are provided with Event-Annotations (historical-context descriptions) and video *Subtitles in different languages; additionally allowing for viewer-Comments to be made on the audiovisual material, as well as Sharing, Liking and Embedding via the website’s linked video-source YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/zafhaitidis. Not excluding licensing, as stock footage, for use in web, TV, film and documentary productions.*(Subtitles in different languages is not available yet, except for English in certain videos.)
The Archive-website is intended to eventually become a multimedia-platform, where “Collaborators” (filmmakers, photographers, journalists and amateurs) will have the ability to “integrate” their own audiovisual material (with credit to them) such as videos and photographs, as well as texts (via blog/forum), regarding the Greek and Refugee crises, with ultimate purpose to continually expand the Archive database, with materials from the beginning of the Greek economic crisis (2008), reaching up to the present day, and continuing on until this devastating Crisis comes to some kind of “resolution”.
The “Greek Crisis” category consists of 95 Event-playlists (10-40 videos each) of different mass mobilizations that occurred in Athens, Greece; filmed primarily, but not exclusively, outside of the Hellenic Parliament building and at the adjoining Syntagma –Constitution– square (this entire area is of particular national/symbolic significance to the Greek people). These mass events include: antifascist rallies, general strikes, protest marches and violent demonstrations against the strict austerity measures and the Memorandums (MEFPs) imposed on the Greek citizens and foreigners residing/working in Greece; as well as other events which caused mass reaction, such as the shutdown by the government of public television (ERT-Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation), occurrences where Greek people autonomously created mass Movements and made a stand for social change.
The “Greek Crisis” category additionally includes:
The “Featured Videos” playlist showcases edited versions of certain events, as well as videos that include stock footage from this Archive;
The “Selected Shots” playlist singles-out certain (Best-of) clips from all Event-playlists between 2011–2016;
The “Greek Voices” playlist is a collection of all on-camera statements –through interviews or caught-on-camera incidentally– by different kinds of Greek people;
Τhe “Timeline” lists ALL Event-playlists in chronological order, so as to display the progression of events leading up to the election of PM Alexis Tsipras and the “Syriza” left-wing political party. It should be noted that, coincidently, the Timeline is chronologically-divided between three different government administrations, each lead consecutively by one of the three prevailing Greek political parties at that time, between 2011–2016, thus providing a kind of “three-Act structure” in the presentation of all events found in this interactive web-documentary:
ACT I: PASOK 2011–2012 (social-democratic party) George Papandreou Cabinet / Lucas Papademos Cabinet, supported by New Democracy & LAOS political parties.
ACT II: New Democracy 2012–2015 (liberal-conservative party) Antonis Samaras Cabinet, supported by PASOK and DIMAR political parties.
ACT III: SYRIZA 2015–16 (left-wing party) Alexis Tsipras Cabinet, supported by ANEL political party.
Refugee crisis in Greece
The “Refugee Crisis” category documents the plight immigrants and refugees go through as they arrive from Turkey into Greece, the migrant gateway into Europe. We witness the refugee tragedy, at the time that this footage was taken, primarily of the Syrian people, as: Boats filled with refugees coming through Turkey enter Greek waters and get rescued on Lesvos island, before being cared for at coastal and UNHCR camps; refugees being shipped off the island and housed in tents at Athens’ main port; refugees who have found their way to Victoria square in the center of Athens (in order to make personal arrangements for alternate ways to exit Greece); and refugees who are loaded to buses headed to one of the refugee hospitality centers, which look more like modern concentration camps. The “Refugee Crisis” footage was filmed, primarily, between 2015–2016, and is divided between 5 separate locations, in three different regions of Greece: 1) Lesvos island aka Mytilini (northeastern Aegean sea), 2) Piraeus port (Athens), 3) Victoria square (Athens), 4) Elliniko Refugee camp (Athens) and 5) Idomeni makeshift Refugee camp (border of northern Greece). The 5 Location-playlists are preceded and followed by two Antifascist Rallies (Event-playlists) that took place in Athens: the first rally is from 2012, whereas the second, from 2017, is one of the most massive antifascist/pro-refugee mobilizations to ever occur in Greece.
In closing, footage from this audiovisual database has been broadcast by media news groups and has been incorporated in short and feature films, and documentaries, by local and international production companies and networks (National Geographic Studios, BBC, Arte, National Film Board of Canada, among others). In April 2012, a series of 10 edited videos from this footage Archive officially participated as the Greek entry at the international exhibition, “7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 2012”, as part of the project, “Breaking the News”, organized by KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, Germany). On 28 January 2018, the interactive web-documentary Website –Greek Chronicle Project: Footage Archive– will be officially launched to a Greek-German audience at the Closing Event of “Hellas Filmbox Berlin 2018” film festival, a Greek-German initiative bridging the two peoples/cultures through film.
In Acknowledgment of their important work and contribution in this Archive:
Lefteris Toumanidis/Websitepro (web-design) · Kirineos Papadimatos (editing) · Thanassis ZanTot Totsikas (editing)
Jiannis Avramopoulos (editing) · Pedram Voss (editing) · Mairylia Kalaitzidou (subtitling) · Konstantina Bousmpoura (text)
Lone Nick/Artwork Vamvakakis (artwork design) · Renos Papastavros (sound engineering) · Nikos Katsikas (editing/graphics)
The Constantinos Haitidis family; friends and family of Pavlos Fyssas; Maria Lainas; Argilena Fousketaki;
Lida and Electra Dimopoulou; Amalia Psillidi; Angelos Poulis; Katia Papadopoulou; Katerina Papadaki;
Fotis Mitsis; John and Coerte Voorhees; Kostas Koukoumakas; Christos Triantafyllou; Asteris Koutoulas;
Platanos Refugee Solidarity Lesvos; Eleftheria, Lela and Sotiris Tompatzogloud; HUNCR;
the Municipality of Lesvos; and the employees of ERT.
Achilleas Panagoulis (27.11.1974 – 04.09.2013)
Pavlos Fyssas-Killah P (10.04.1979 – 18.09.2013)