This is not Greece: Stories of A Crisis.

Boy eating the bird's food (2012): film by Ectoras Lygizos Boy eating the bird's food (2012): film by Ectoras Lygizos
Hamburg, 7-8 of August

In its discussion of the Greek financial crisis, the German media has spread distorted images of the Greek people. Newspapers and TV shows analyze the Greek mentality without including any Greek voices. In this special on THIS IS NOT GREECE the focus is not on discussing the pros and cons of austerity policies, but about analyzing the debate itself, and adding Greek perspectives from the worlds of art, philosophy and film.

discussion with Robert Misik, Georg Diez and Harald Schumann
Whether it’s on the TV shows of Anne Will and Günther Jauch, or on Spiegel Online or in DIE ZEIT –Greece and European austerity policies are being discussed everywhere. How does the media create the narratives of guilt and how does it portray the new Greek government? Critical observers discuss the image of Greece in the German media.
free entrance, P1

: Film by Athanasios Karanikolas
STO SPITI is a tender melodrama with big images about a housekeeper working for an upper class Greek couple and their daughter. When she’s diagnosed with a serious illness, and the man of the house runs into financial difficulties due to the economic crisis, she loses her job. But the relationships between top and bottom, domestic and foreign, are not as they seem at first.
6,50 Euro, Alabama Kino, 103 Min., Greek with German subtitles

: lecture by Srecko Horvat
Famous Croatian philosopher and curator Srecko Horvat discusses the middle finger of Varoufakis, that first appeared in his „Subversive Festival“ in Zagreb and sparked an international media debate.
free entrance, 60 Min., P1, in english

: lecture by Athena Athanasiou
Greek social and political scientist Athena Athanasiou became instantaneously famous through her conversation with Judith Butler – published in English as “Dispossession” by John Wiley & Sons – about the political consequence of the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the anti-neoliberal gatherings at Syntagma Square and Zuccotti Park. In her speech she provides a philosophical and socio-theoretical analysis of thecurrent situation in Greece.
free entrance, 60 Min., P1, in English

discussion with Poka-Yio, Anestis Azas and Anna Mülter
The crisis has changed the everyday life and the conditions for the produtions of arts so drastically, that space for new ways emerged. Poka-Yio, director of the Athens Biennale, will discuss collective strategies of production and curation from below with Anestis Azas, theatre-maker and director of the experimental stage of the National Theatre of Greece, and Anna Mülter, artistic director of the interventionist city project X-apartments in Athens.
free entrance, 90 Min., P1, in English

: film by Ektoras Lygizos
The experimental film BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD paints an atmospheric picture of Greek youth and has gained attention, first and foremost, for its shocking social-realist depictions. It accompanies an unemployed young man over the course of three days. The man shares an apartment and – to quell his hunger – pet food with his canary bird.
6,50 Euro, 80 Min., Alabama Kino, Greek with German subtitle

: discussion with Ektoras Lygizos and Athanasios Karanikolas
Greek film is booming. By telling exciting, dramatic stories that are also more or less explicitly tied to the crisis, independent Greek directors have become fixtures on the international film-festival circuit. In a film series, the International Summerfestival is showing two examples of the past few years and inviting the directors to a podium discussion of their works.
free entrance, 80 Min., in English
Athena Athanasiou teaches at at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece. She has studied history, archaeology and philosophy at the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece. She has received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, in New York.

Anestis Azas studied Theatre Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin. With Prodromos Tsinikoris he shares the directorship of the Experimental Stage of the Greek National Theater.

Georg Diez is a German author and journalist, having extensively published in all major german newspapers. In his column for Spiegel Online he dissected German media coverage and European political rhetorics concerning the crisis in Greece.

Nana Heidenreich is a media scholar and co-curator of the Forum Expanded section at Berlinale.

Sreko Horvat is a philosopher from Croatia. He is the author of What Does Europe Want? The Union and its Discontents (with Slavoj Žižek) and was director of the Subversive Festival in Zagreb from 2008-2013.

Athanasios Karanikolas studied photography in New York and video and media art at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, as well as directing at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. STO SPITI is his third feature film and was awarded Preis der Ökomunenischen Jury at Berlinale 2014.

Ektoras Lygizos is a theater and film director from Athens. For his film debut BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD he won several prizes, amongst others at Athens Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Oldenburg Film Festival.

Robert Misik is an Austrian journalist. In his blog, regarded by international media like the New Yorker, he tried to give alternative perspective on the current state in Greece.

Anna Mülter is a curator from Berlin, responsible for the Tanztage at Sophiensäle. In spring 2015 she co-directed with Katia Arfara the Athens version of Matthias Lilienthal’s curatorial format X-Apartments.

Poka-Yio is a Greek visual artist and curator. He is cofounder and codirector of the Athens Biennale and member, with Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, of the curatorial duo X&Y. For the 2013 Biennale Agora, they received the prestigious ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2015.

Harald Schumann is a German author and journalist. For his Arte-documentary Staatsgeheimnis Bankenrettung he received the German Television Award in 2013. 2015 he investigated in Macht ohne Kontrolle – Die Troika the austerity politics of the EU and its impact on the life of millions of citizen.

Margarita Tsomou is Greek, co-editor of Missy Magazine and has been working as journalist, activist and theoritician on the Greek crisis in Germany for years in german media, tv, academy and the streets. Currently she is working on curating several conference on Greek-German relations as wll as on her Ph.d. on the "representation of the many" in the context of the occupation of Syntagma Square in Athens 2011.
Cοncept: Margarita Tsomou, Eike Wittrock. Language: Deutsch/Englisch. Τhe complete program and info:
Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg, Germany

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