Athens’ Stories of Resilience

Bad Poetry Social Club

Four videos unravel stories of collectives and individuals from different walks of life, living and operating in Athens. On a literal level, their paths cross at the city centre, on the triangle connecting the neighbourhood of Exarchia to the main Athenian squares of Omonia and Syntagma. On a figurative level, they are connected by their choice to be outside the mainstream: a refugee from Syria who left Germany to return to Greece, a young activist involved in recent social struggles and expressing his frustration over European political realities, a collective of young poets and performers evoking social crisis in a context of audience estrangement from their art and a group of journalists in a self-organised, alternative medium providing counter-information; All of them under 30 years old; all of them ready to take risks and defend what they believe in.

Their life stories reflect their resentment for the oppressive facets of the Establishment in a subtle way, revealing how revolutions, no matter how small in scale, may happen in various ways and can, actually, make a difference. Enjoy!

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Produced by Inter Alia
 
Director/Editor: Alexandros Papathanasopoulos

Screenplay & Production: Nikos Papakostas


Competition of Short Videos European Story Telling: “My EU Future” Sharing Views. Narrating Europe

2019-03-13

Inter Alia launches a competition of short videos (5-10 minutes) reflecting on the future of Europe, before and after the EP Elections 2019.

Through your contribution you can make your voice heard in an international audience, and, hopefully, inspire other Europeans in voicing their opinions too.

All types of movies and movie genres will be accepted, without any limitation as to the origins or the age of the video makers.

The Idea behind the Competition
Currently, the EU is faced with a long-lasting, seemingly embedded disconnection between its institutions and citizens. Across Europe, we are witnessing extensive protests and other forms of public dissidence against established authorities and institutions. These are reflected, among others, in demonstrations against corruption and authoritarianism, discriminatory political practices and austerity policies. Citizens and youngsters demand more from decision makers – more accountability, more transparency, more representation; in a word, more democracy.

We believe that if we explore the movements, we can better understand the values and the motivation of the people behind and, thus, understand the social mechanisms that have led to the current predicament.

A new narrative for Europe – a more engaging one – is strongly and urgently needed. The purpose of this competition is to document and address the protest as a form of democratic participation that could be further used as an opportunity to re-shape European identity across borders, combat populist and nationalist trends and increase voter turnout. We aim to gather experiences and views about the future of Europe as developed in all forms of protest and creative movements in Greece and empower the creators to transfer their messages to the level of EU decision making. The ultimate goal is to create a mechanism for increasing the democratic and civic participation of citizens, linking all forms of active citizenship to engaging debates on the future of the EU.

The competition aims to document stories that led to the lack of trust in the European construction and to transfer the messages originating from grass root level to the EU public policies, favoring a more bottom-up approach, closer to the citizens, in order to discover if the European project can move forward and respond to the challenges in democratic and effective manner.

Through this competition we will try to extract lessons from recent years’ movements on how to reshape the future of the EU and to capitalize on the civic action. We will explore and try to understand their roots and driving forces and hopefully will find new ways to increase democratic engagement.

Awards and Prizes
All videos will be uploaded and promoted via a special platform, managed by Inter Alia. Selected videos will be screened at an award event, to be held in September 2019.
The 4 video winners will participate and present their work at the final event in Bucharest, Romania in October 2019.

Rules and Terms
1.    Period for submission of videos: 13 March – 1 June 2019
2.    Topic: The Future of Europe
3.    Age of video makers: There is no age limit to the participants in the competition.
4.    Origin: There is no limitation or restriction to the origin of the video or its author, as long as it explores the topic in connection to the local reality in Greece.
5.    Duration: Videos should be between 5’ and 10’ long.
6.    Categories: Documentary, fiction, animation, experimental, video art, etc.
7.    Submission of your video:
a.    You can use Vimeo (by submitting your password) or any other platform to submit the video. Other forms of submission (e.g. USB stick delivered to our office) will also be accepted.
b.    The video files should be in one of the formats: AVI, MP4 or MOV.
c.    Videos created with a smartphone are encouraged and will also be accepted.
d.    Suggested frame size 1080 * 1920
8.    Language: The video can be in any language, subtitled in English.
9.    Each video maker can participate with one video only.
10.    More information available here: https://interaliaproject.com/news.php?id=222 or at: info@interaliaproject.com, indicating in the subject line of your e-mail: “Video Call 2019”.
11.    The videos to be screened at the open event (a.k.a. the finalists) will be selected by an International Committee of Experts selected by the management board of the BRING project. Their expertise ranges from video making, to story-telling, to European Affairs.
12.    The 4 winning videos will be voted by the public through an easily accessible online and offline process.
13.    The finalists will be informed about the results by the end of July 2019.
14.    Inter Alia reserves the right to use parts of each movie for reasons of promotion of the initiative and higher visibility. Under no circumstances Inter Alia will use any of the submitted material for commercial or other profit-related use.
15.    The finalists will be all invited to the Open Screening Event in Athens, September 2019. Exact date TBC.
16.    The award ceremony will take place during the Open Screening Event in Athens, see point 15.
17.    Along with the honorary recognition of success, the 4 winning video makers will be entitled to travel and take part in the Final Event in Bucharest, October 2019. Exact dates TBC. Travel costs and accommodation will be covered by Inter Alia.
18.    Participants in the Open Screening Event agree to be interviewed and photographed by the communication sponsors and the organizer for reasons of increased visibility of the initiative.
19.    Moments from the Open Screening Event will be stored by Inter Alia. Any person in the audience and participant that may appear on this photo and video material has no right to claim any material or other compensation.
20.    Inter Alia reserves the right to not proceed to the organisaton of the Open Screening Event or to cancel it, should circumstances necessitate such decision.
21.    The submission of your video entails complete and unconditional acceptance of the above terms of participation.

View the list of suggested questions for your movie HERE

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Contact
For more information and questions:
E-mail: boneva@interaliaproject.com
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Tel: +30 2155 45 11 74


Future of Europe: Bringing more union into the European Union

2018-11-16

Period of implementation: September 2018 – October 2019

Euroscepticism, democratic deficit and low electoral turnout are affecting all EU countries. Across the EU, we are witnessing extensive protests or forms of active citizenship, ranging from pro rule of law protests in Romania and Bulgaria, recent anti-populism and pro EU in Germany or anti-austerity movements in Greece.  In this context, how can we use most of these civic manifestations to debate the future of the EU? These movements require special attention for a proper understanding of the values their supporters stand for.

This overall trend is doubled also by another worrying phenomenon: disinformation, fake news and trolling are most visible during the electoral campaigns, in an attempt to hamper with EU elections, undermine pro-European values, and promote nationalistic and xenophobic messages.  This scenario is damaging for the EU 2019 elections that may record another all-time low voter turnout.

The project ” A new narrative for Europe: Bringing more union into the European Union ” aims to translate the messages from the grass root level and connect them to the EU public policies, favoring a more bottom-up approach, closer to EU citizens.  There is an urgent need to raise awareness and know how among youth on the importance of EU 2019 elections and empowering them with the needed tools to gain momentum and influence over EU’s direction through interactive and user friendly methods.

Furthermore, we intend to document and address the protests as a new form of democratic participation that could be further used as an opportunity to re-shape European identity across borders, combat new populist trends and increase voter turnout.

The main outcomes of the project are:
1. Organizing interactive online debate competitions on EU elections and Video Storytelling with youths and activists focusing on EU challenges (Euroscepticism, democratic deficit, EU elections).
2. Organizing 4 ”town hall meetings” complemented by 1 transnational event on the future of Europe and the new forms of active citizenship;
3. Elaborating position papers and key recommendations based on the findings during the project that will be disseminated at EU level.

The project targets youths, students, activists from Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Greece, with an interest in the recent street protests and demonstrations and engaged in the public debate that can further create appropriate mechanisms to combat the lack of trust in the EU and Euroscepticism.

To know more about this project, ask us at info@interaliaproject.com

The project is financed by the European Commission, EUROPE FOR CITIZENS Programme, Strand2: Democratic engagement and civic participation.

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