Into the Fire Screening Tour

Our film Into the Fire – The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece is going on tour! We’ll be screening throughout October in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria. Scroll down for details of the screenings and links to venues.

We’re also about to release an international DVD with subtitles in 12 languages, so watch this space!

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Into the Fire October 2013 Tour Listings:

 

04.10. Eeklo, Belgium, N9 Muziekclub with David Rovics

05.10. Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, Masereelhuis with David Rovics at 20:00

06.10. Utrecht, Netherlands, Rooie Rat at 18:00

07.10. Münster, Germany, Cinema at 21:00

09.10. Witten, Germany, Trotz Allem at 19:30

11.10. Freiburg, Germany, KTS at 20:00

12.10. Offenburg, Germany, Kessel at 20:30

14.10. Reutlingen, Germany, Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Pavillon at 13:30

15.10. Reutlingen, Germany, Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Pavillon at 13:30 (again)

16.10. Leipzig, Germany, Meuterei at 19:00

17.10. Plzeň, Czech Republic, Klub Kapsa at 20:00

18.10. Prague, Czech Republic, Studentský klub K4 at 19:00

19.10. Poděbrady, Czech Republic, tbc

21.10. Brno, Czech Republic, Café Paradigma at 18:30

22.10. Bratislava, Slovakia, Foajé at 19:00

23.10. Vienna, Austria, W23 at 20:00


Protest Against Golden Dawn in Memory of Pavlos Fyssas

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On the night of September 17th, the 34-year old antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas (aka Killah P) was murdered by a member of fascist party Golden Dawn, who received 7% in the 2012 elections. Find out more.

Today, September 21s, antifascists gathered outside the Greek embassy in a show of solidarity to Greek antifascists and in memory of the latest victim of murderous Golden Dawn.


Into The Fire to be broadcast on the occupied ERT station

Funeral of Shehzad Luqman in Kotzia square in Athens. 19-1-13 The 26 year old Pakistani migrant was stabbed to death in a racially motivated murder on January 16th as he was cycling to work. His family and friends from the local Pakistani community met in

Journalists across Europe were shocked when The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation in Greece (their national media service) was closed by the government at a few hours notice. Since the shock closure, staff at the station have gone into occupation and continued to broadcast online.

REEL NEWS is pleased to announce that they will show our documentary Into The Fire at 8pm on Friday July 19th. We are pleased for this opportunity to support the workers at the station and their struggle to save their jobs and this important national institution. We are also pleased at this opportunity to shine a light of the plight of refugees and migrants in Greece and to infuriate the Greek government, Golden Dawn and the Greek Police.


3 weeks to go! Are you participating in the distribution?

Into the Fire

Into the Fire will be an experiment in distribution. You have probably heard of crowd funding. Projects get funded by a lot of people who give a little money to make it happen. We are crowd sourcing our distribution: A lot of people will be releasing Into the Fire together with us. On 21st April 2013 they will embed the film on their blogs and websites. With every participant the size of the audience will grow exponentially. If you would like to be listed as one of the distributors, get in touch with the link of your website and a logo or image!

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Three years ago, the UNHCR called the situation in Greece a humanitarian crisis. Since then, things have gotten worse. Anyone perceived as foreigner is at risk to become a target of racist violence. Voices demanding the protection of human rights are not listened to. Even doctors who help migrants and refugees are threatened by racist groups. But refugees have no choice: European regulation forces them to remain in Greece, and stops them from moving to a country where they are save and have a chance to get their asylum case heard.

 

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Into the Fire: An Expriment in Distribution

It has been almost a year since we first reported from Greece. During the past year we have been working on a documentary taking a closer look at the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece.

We have been shocked by what we’ve discovered. Issue 35 includes our 40 minute documentary Into the Fire – The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece. We hope to reach a large audience with this film, and are starting on an experiment:

We want you to be our distribution network

We will publish Into the Fire on 21st April. That gives us 4 weeks time to get in touch with as many organisations and individuals as possible and see whether they are interested in publishing our film on their websites an blogs.

Funeral of Shehzad Luqman in Kotzia square in Athens. 19-1-13 The 26 year old Pakistani migrant was stabbed to death in a racially motivated murder on January 16th as he was cycling to work. His family and friends from the local Pakistani community met inThis is where we need your help!

Do you have a website or blog? Then we ask you to be our publisher. Do you know someone who has a blog or website? Email them and ask them to publish our film. Share our online posters and blogs, like us on facebook, tweet about the upcoming release. If you would like to write a review, help translate the film, organise a screening or have any other ideas, get in touch!


Issue 35, March 2013

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  1. Into the Fire – The Forgotten Victims of Austerity in Greece (Reel News, 38:50) Refugees and Migrants in Greece.
  2. Somonte – Land and Freedom (Reel News, 13:50) Trade Unionists occupy a 400 hectar farm in Andalucia to grow food and create jobs.
  3. Palace of Varieties: Vincent Figgins and Vicky (Reel News, 2:42)
  4. Save Lewisham Hospital (Reel News, 14:42) Huge Protest in South London as privatisation of NHS accelerates.
  5. Palace of Varieties: Riverdance (Reel News, 2:16)
  6. 3 Cosas – Sickpay, Holiday, Pensions Now! (Reel News, 23:50) Outsourced workers at the University of London increase the pressure for basic rights.
  7. Palace of Varieties: Don Tempi (Reel News, 2:21)

 


Coming Soon – Into the Fire!

After making Our Present is Your Future, we went to Greece a second time to speak to immigrants and refugees about their life in Greece. Many of those we spoke to were homeless, and often didn’t know where their next meal would come from. Trying to reach safety in Europe, they get trapped in Greece, in the midst of the economic crisis. They are left to fend for themselves. And people are scared. The streets in Greece aren’t safe – for those with the wrong skin colour. A 16 year old Somali was attacked an beaten by a group of men, after they shouted at him: “Hey black! You come to Greece? You will know Greece today!”

In preparation for this film we set up a website, with links to different organisations who work to support immigrants and refugees. Check it out here!

To get updates, you can also like Into the Fire on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

We are currently looking for partners who will help us reach a larger audience with this film. Are you working with a Human Rights or migrants and/or refugee organisation? Do you have a blog? A newsletter? You can help us by embedding the film on your website, or writing a review and linking to it. If you would like to participate, get in touch!

If you don’t have a blog or website, share the film with your friends and put it out on your social networks.

Help spread the word!

Another way you can help is by organising a screening of the film. If you do, let us know!


It’s still like being in a war zone – Immigrants in Greece

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Update: See full series ‘Our Present Is Your Future

Refugees trying to reach safety in Europe get stuck in Greece: Once in Europe, they have to remain in the country they first arrived in. They speak about lack of basic support like housing, clothing and food and daily racist abuse. Not only by fascists like Golden Dawn, but also Greek people – and the police.

This is a first glimpse into an issue that we are working on. We have just returned from a second visit to Greece and heard many stories and witnessed some of the conditions people face in Athens, including a vicious racist attack. Check back for more, and follow us on facebook and twitter to stay up to date.

Also see: Antifascist protest slideshow and Immigrant Workers Protest video rushes & photo slideshow

 

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Athens Racist Attack

Update 15 June: Attackers released!

Also watch our video “It’s still like being in a war zone” on immigration in Greece.

At 3am in the morning of Tuesday, 12 June 2012, a horrific racist act of terror unfolded in a quiet Athens suburb. At 3am several motorbikes with passengers descended on a quiet street in the Perama neighbourhood of Pireaus. They began to vandalise vehicles belonging to some Egyptian fisherman staying in a house on the street. The racists then tried to force their way into the house throwing an explosive device through the broken glass of the front door. Inside the occupants managed to hold the attackers off by stopping them from forcing the doors and windows open.

Sadly one of the fishermen was asleep on the roof of the building when the assault happened. 24-year-old Abouz Mubarek was beaten almost to death where he lay. His keys, cigarettes and bloodstained bedding still lay where he had beaten when we arrived at the scene this afternoon. Despite this being a clear case of attempted murder there were no Police present or forensic specialists examining the scene. The Police have arrested six individuals though they are making the outrageous claim that this was not at ‘organised’ attack.

If that is the case then how do they explain how the three cars and vans that were smashed only belonged to the Egyptians? The use of explosives? The time of day? The fact that racist violence involving gangs using motorbikes bears all the hallmarks of well-documented actions by Golden Dawn activists?

Also on the same afternoon, Golden Dawn members threatened an Egyptian family in a square a few miles from the scene. They were told that “if the fishermen made a statement” then every Egyptian in the area “would be killed.“

Exactly where to these thugs get such detailed information on who is who in the migrant community? It also seems a staggering coincidence that one of the fishermen had taken part in an anti racist TV film. Anti fascists are planning some some kind of response to the attack this coming Saturday.

 

 Update 15 June 2012:

We have been told that the 6 suspects who had been identified by the victims of the attack and arrested have now been released. Five of them were ordered to pay €2,000, stay in the country and report to a police station every 15 days and not leave the country. Apparently this is due to the police finding the witness statements contradictory. When we visited the scene of the attack, there was not a single officer, and as far as we know there was no proper investigation of the scene of a crime which, judging from visual evidence such as the amount of blood and witness accounts, could amount to attempted murder. The police have claimed that the attack was not organised. We were shown a video yesterday, filmed at a Golden Dawn meeting the evening of the attack, where a Golden Dawn speaker reportedly says that Egyptian fishermen should ask Golden Dawn for permission before taking any action. Hopefully we will have more on this soon.

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Massive Anti Fascist protests across Greece

On Friday thousands of people took to the streets of Athens in opposition to recent electoral gains by the neo nazi Golden Dawn party. Similar protests were held across the country. The march called by Keerfa and the Immigrant Workers Union.

It was led by veteran anti fascist Katina Sifkaki who fought as a resistance fighter against the nazis in occupied Greece during World War Two. Many people were impressed when she attended the Genoa protests in 2001. She is now 97!

Meanwhile Golden Dawn are not exactly winning hearts and minds in the run up to the next elections. On Thursday their MP Ilias Kasidiaris assaulted two women MPs on live television. Many people have noted that the failure of the Greek Police to arrest him may have something to do with the fact that over 50% of Greek Police voted for the Nazis last month.

Photos by Guy Smallman