New film on immigrants and austerity in Greece

This video says about itself:

Apr 20, 2013

Into the Fire is being crowd-released today: All over the internet people are embedding Into the Fire on their website or blog. With everyone who participates the audience and distribution network will grow. Are you participating?

A hard hitting documentary which shows the plight of refugees and migrants in recession hit Athens, Into The Fire is a film with a difference.

Shot and edited with sensitivity and compassion, it doesn’t pull its punches and makes for harrowing viewing in parts. It is the product of crowd funding, dedication, self-sacrifice and a burning sense of justice.

On 21 April, Into the Fire is simultaneously released on websites, blogs and other platforms around the internet. The film will be available in various languages, including Albanian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish. There are a number of public screenings planned in several countries in Europe and Northern America. To participate in the release or organise a screening see

This strategy is being used to maximise the audience, in the hope that the audience will become active participants, commentators and amplifiers when it comes to opposing the conditions visited on the victims in the story.

The premiere of Into the Fire on 29th April, 6:30pm will be hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies [in London, England]. The filmmakers will be joined for discussion by Habib Rahman of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

In times of severe austerity things look bleak for Greek people, but they’re far worse for those who have recently arrived. Without housing, legal papers or support, migrants in Greece are faced with increasing and often violent racism at the hands of the growing Nazi party Golden Dawn and the police in Athens. Many are trapped by EU laws and legislation of other EU countries meaning they’d be returned to Greece if they managed to get to another member state, they are desperate to leave the country.

This film gives incredible insights to the reality faced by people who simply want to lead peaceful, normal lives.

Having been to Athens to shoot footage about austerity in April last year, Reel News video activists started talking and working with a young Somalian refugee, they made many contacts in the migrant world and those contacts gave them access to a huge number of untold and shocking stories.

Funded by small donations from friends and organisations, the film makers are once more turning to their supporters and allies in the UK to distribute the film online and through screenings to grassroots groups across the country. No one has been paid to work on this film.

Update: All 3 foremen involved in the Manolada shooting arrested: here.

Manolada attack victims had received threats: here.

Nowhere else in Europe are neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists profiting as greatly from the financial crisis as in Athens. As they terrorize the country with violence, the police stand back and prosecutors are powerless: here.

3 thoughts on “New film on immigrants and austerity in Greece

  1. Stats show austerity is not working

    Monday 22 April 2013

    Austerity campaigns pursued by European countries resulted in little gain but much pain in 2012, official figures showed today.

    The year-end figures from EU statistics office Eurostat showed that a number of countries saw their borrowing rise despite the austerity medicine prescribed by international creditors that has cost millions of jobs across the zone.

    The cumulative level of government deficits fell during the year due to Germany swinging into a budget surplus, but others continued to suffer.

    Spending cuts and tax rises have helped to reduce deficits across the eurozone but its debt burden rose because economic growth has flatlined.

    Portugal’s deficit increased to 6.4 per cent of the country’s annual GDP in 2012 from 4.4 per cent the year before, while Spain’s jumped to 10.6 per cent from 9.4 per cent.


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