A Documentary by Marsia Tzivara

 Screening 28. April 2015, 20 Uhr

im Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 3, 10963 Berlin

www.burningfromtheinsidedoc.com

FILM SYNOPSIS (ENGLISH)

‘Burning from the inside’ is a socio-political documentary, coming out from the streets of Athens and Berlin. Using the rise of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn as the main axis, it exposes the fascist structures and the social disintegration witch invaded Greece, from the perspective of the Greek immigrants in Germany. Giving their own fight against the Nazi outburst, the Greeks collaborate with Germans, and try to create a ‘voice’ which speaks about the constant violations of human rights in Greece, as well as the role of Germany as the ‘queen of Europe’. At the same time, there is a reference on the on-growing relations between Greek and German Nazis and the struggle of the antifascist movement which grew stronger at the same time. By juxtaposing the events in the two countries, the film imposes questions on the functionality of democracy in the country that gave birth to it, and ‘universalizes’ the Nazi problem. Finally, it focuses on the amazing power that the people can assume when united, and unfolds the reasons which made Greece a country burning from the inside.

SHORT FILM SYNOPSIS (ENGLISH)

‘Burning from the inside’ is a socio-political documentary, filmed on the streets of Athens and Berlin. Using the rise of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn as the main axis, it exposes the fascist structures and the social disintegration witch invaded Greece, from the perspective of the Greek immigrants in Germany.

FILM SYNOPSIS (German)

Burning from the inside ist ein politischer Dokumentarfilm, der in den Straßen von Athen und Berlin entstand. Beginnend mit den Wahlerfolgen der Neo-Nazi Partei Goldene Mörgenröte zeigt er die faschistischen Strukturen und den sozialen Verfall Griechenlands, aus der Perspektive der griechischen Migranten in Berlin. In ihrem Kampf gegen den wachsenden Nazismus erheben die Griechen, gemeinsam mit deutschen Genossen, ihre Stimme gegen das Schweigen Europas und die ständigen Verletzungen der Menschenrechte in Griechenland. Außerdem werden die Beziehungen zwischen griechischen und deutschen Neonazis und der Kampf gegen sie gezeigt. Aus den Parralellen der Ereignisse in den beiden Ländern heraus stellt der Film die Frage über den politischen Zustand des Landes das als „die Wiege der Demokratie gilt, und der Rolle Deutschlands als neue „Königin Europas“. Schließlich, befasst er sich mit der unglaublichen Kraft die Menschen entwickeln können wenn sie zusammen arbeiten und zeigt die Gründe die dazu führten das Griechenland ein Land wurde welches „von innen brennt“.

Director’s statement

We started shooting ‘Burning from the Inside’ immediately after the announcement of the Berlin Greek society that the Nazis of Golden Dawn tried to expand in Germany. This happened in January 2013. We then felt, that it was essential for us to do something about it and show that the Greeks of diaspora are not unattached to the Greek problems. Our aim was to raise global awareness on the situation in Greece, expose the true nature of the Nazis and call for help. We had no script, no concept no story, no money. We only had the lust to protest. We formed a small team and with our own means started to shoot. At the time, we were facing the obscured situation that all the authorities and the government of Greece were under a kind of agreement with the Nazis, allowing them to spread their seed of hatred. As a result, the focus of the research was on collecting information and proof that would bring the gung of Chrisi Avgi against the law. However, during the shootings of the film and while we were very close to an end, everything changed. The vicious murder of Pavlos Fissas by members of the party changed the political scenery. Within a week, the Nazis were confronted, and their crimes were exposed. At first I thought that our ‘mission’ was completed, although we didn’t actually do something about it. In other words, for me there was no film anymore. However, looking at the footage, I realized that there was also another story here which was not yet told. The story of us, the Greek immigrants of Germany, as we experienced the situation. And this is how the film started to getting a ‘new’ shape. Filming ‘Burning from the Inside’ was not easy. Many times we had to come across dangerous situations, such as the rage of the Nazis or police violence. As we all know, whereas there is corruption, a camera is always unwelcome. However, we did it. This film means a lot to me. It reflects my agony and my feelings about my country as well as my disgust for all those who try to destroy it.

Biography

Marsia Tzivara is a filmmaker from Athens-Greece, currently living in Berlin. She studied media and film in England, and since then she works professionally in the film and TV industry as director, casting director and assistant director. She is a video activist interested in human rights (member of the German video collective Ak-kraak) and ‘Burning from the inside’ is her first documentary feature.

Director’s Bio (German)

Marsia Tzivara ist eine Filmemacherin aus Griechenland die seit drei Jahren in Berlin lebt. Sie studierte Film- und Medienwissenschaft in England, und arbeitet seit vielen Jahren für europäische Film- und Fernsehproduktionen. Die letzten vier Jahre beschäftigt sie sich besonderes mit Dokumentarfilmen die soziale und politische Themen behandeln. Sie ist Mitglied des Filmkollektivs AK-Kraak, mit dem sie Dokumentarfilme zu zeitgenössischen Themen in Deutschland und dem Ausland produziert. „Burning from the inside“ ist ihr erster Dokumentarfilm fürs Kino, und ist geprägt von ihren eigenen Erfahrungen als Berliner Neu-Immigrantin.