Anarchist movement in Greece - Documentary Films

  • Posted on: 12 August 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Greek Anarchists 1985...​

A new wave of young anarchists, more aggressive and violent, emerged in the mid-1980s​

Riots after Nikos Temponeras killing 1991​

Leftist school teacher Nikos Temponeras was murdered in 1991 by secretary of the youth branch of the New Democracy right-wing party. The killing caused civil unrest in several Greek towns.​

The Best Years of Our Lives

Historic riot documentary in relation to the dynamic way of protesting in Greece during the ​90s

Filaki - Prison World​

Documentary about the the revolt against the prisons and its role in social control.​

The Potentiality Of Storming Heaven​

A 28 minute short movie-presentation of the insurrection of December 2008 in Greece through the words and actions of people that took part in it.

Project Phoenix​

Film giving the account of the early part of the Project Phoenix, international project of sabotage and attack with over a dozen hits in a variety of different countries.​

Resistance in Athens​

The Greek tragedy, economic blackmail and democratic treason, the impact of the refugee crisis and a visit to Exarchia, Athen's Anarchist hood.​



Especially all younger anarchists (25 and under) who missed the international wave of excitement surrounding the 2008 insurrection should watch some of these videos, read books like Revolt and Crisis in Greece from Occupied London, and try to learn from the best and largest example we have (current and recent past) of a modern anarchist movement. They haven't been doing that well the past few years but every eruption is typically followed by a long refractory period, allowing one to contemplate how to make the next eruption last longer, go deeper, and change more thoroughly everything that comes after it. The Greek example may pale in comparison to Spain in '36 or Itally '77 but as far as recent past goes, you'll be hard pressed to find a more advanced anarchist movement and that is something we should at least learn from aspects of given that anarchist movements in the rest of the world tend to be very small insular groups which have never had any hope of any level of "winning" (except for during the anti-globe era, but most would take those as enthusiastic delusions). The Greek example is far from perfect, as any Greek comrade will tell you, but the contrast between there and here (no matter where "here" is for you, I'm certain this statement applies) cannot be dismissed or go unnoticed, so we must learn and learn heavily from what they've done there: how they conceive of anarchism, how they conceive of strategy, tactics, what things matter and don't matter, what mindsets are prevalent, how actions are approached and planned, how the movement relates to the "general public", how different or not different the anarchist is from the "average apolitical" person. On all of these things and more, we have a lot we can learn.

If you're looking to only watch one or two of these, I'd personally recommend Prison World and The Potentiality of Storming Heaven. Both are great examples of Greek anarchists explaining their viewpoints and showing things they've done and both have English subtitles.

"During the afternoon, R.Z. escapes again, for the last time. A detainee shouts to him: 'How did you do it?' R.Z. responds: 'From there, at the can't find a way to escape from those walls, because there are other walls beyond...another prison. You must escape from the roof, and head towards the sun. They will never be able to build a wall between the sun and the Earth.'"

Dude, no, I'll stick to the stuff from 100 years back and Kropotkin, which is ideologically more articulate and polite. Just look at Comrade Kropot's eternal smile of content from his library-hopping adventures as the SRs and anarchists were getting slaughtered by the bolchevik Red fascists. ANARCHY IS ORDER, and unite, unite, unite with the Maos no matter what! Because

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