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network 23/10/2014 - 10:00AM

New Acquisitions: Two New Films on Greek Politics

Cinema Politica is very excited to announce that a pair of films from InfoWar Productions, FASCISM INC. and CATASTROIKA, are now available throughout the Cinema Politica network.

FASICM INC. traces the historical correlation of European fascism and corporate power.  Director Aris Chatzistefanou draws parallels between the rise of fascism from the Weimar Republic through Great Depression and World War II, and far-right and openly-fascist political groups in modern Greece, often in light of the austerity measures proposed after the 2009 international banking crisis.

Catastroika

CATASTROIKA presents a compelling condemnation of the neoliberal privatization of public property, exemplified by the “Western fire sale” of Russian businesses and real estate after the fall of the Soviet Union. Of particular interest is the film’s examination of the contradictory correlation between the amount of repressive state power required to support minimal governmental economic intervention, exemplified by Margaret Thatcher’s heated correspondence with neoliberal philosopher Friedrich on Hayek. Directors Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi use these events as a framework for criticizing the Greek government’s austerity measures, which threaten to make a few elites wealthy whilst further miring the country in debt.

As a pair, these films offer a lucid and well-researched exposé of the tumultuous politics of modern Greece.  Moreover, the all-star roster of interviewees between the two films, including Naomi Klein, Slavoj Zizek, and more, will surely generate lively discussions in Cinema Politica locals around the world