I've been covering the crisis for the BBC in Greece since it erupted in 2010: the riots, the strikes, the fall of a government and the rise of the violent extreme right. Greece has transformed into a story of heartbreaking poverty, unemployment and rising suicide rates. But there is an element of the story that remains untold: what happens to love in the time of crisis? Does the heart beat differently when the world around us starts to fall apart?
This film tells that story. www.facebook.com/Loveinthetimeofcrisis
It will feature the stories of young lovers, elderly couples, women choosing to walk unconventional paths and men forced to renegotiate their traditional roles in society. Perhaps times of crisis change women's experience of love. Perhaps love seeks refuge in the unlikeliest of places. Perhaps love is even greater in the face of loss and hardship. On the streets of Athens there is a famous graffiti: "Love or Nothing" - this film aims to tell the story of what happens to a society when that becomes, literally, the only choice.
WHY MAKE THIS FILM?
Many Greeks tell me, with each month that passes, they feel a part of the Greece they knew disappears. The country has become a story of heartbreaking poverty, unemployment and rising suicide rates. The squares where children used to play are becoming filled with racist graffiti. Families are being forced to make a choice between food and warmth. A social crisis is fast catching up with the economic one and it is becoming questionable whether it is even possible for love to survive in these hopeless times.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THIS FILM?
This film will show how more and more people are choosing not to settle down or begin families. Women are having IVF treatment, but aborting their babies because they can no longer afford to have them. Relationships are being torn apart by stress. Prostitution is rising. Birth rates are decreasing. Young women are turning towards the sex industry for work. At the same time it will also look at how the crisis has strengthened relationships, brought people together and created lifelong bonds.
I'M BORED OF GREEK CRISIS STORIES ON THE NEWS. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?
With the recession in its fifth year, we are probably approaching the low point of its impact on Greek society. It is a critical time and this film aims to capture it in a way that communicates with an audience beyond the traditional news and current affairs audience, drawn to the tear gas, the street violence and the political drama. The slow, almost hidden drama in the lives of women, young and old, needs time and patience to discover, and time onscreen to play out.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR TARGET?
We will be working on a tight budget with our target. The more funding we are able to raise the more time we will have to spend working on this project. We will be able to find and tell more stories and potentially make a longer feature length film.
WHO ARE WE?
The Team: Director/Producer Theopi Skarlatos has covered the Greek and Cypriot crisis from the front line for the BBC; Cameraman/Producer Kostas Kallergis has worked extensively in documentaries and news coverage of the Greek crisis for the national and global media; Co-producer, Pallavi Sekhri, is an international lawyer and development consultant with experience in the redevelopment of post-crisis societies and women's empowerment.
Risks and challenges
All the money that we raise from this Kickstarter project will go towards production and post production costs. From paying the cameramen and editor to securing the rights to footage, archive material and music. We aim to spend the summer shooting the film and I estimate completion in october.
There will always be challenges when making documentaries. We are on a tight budget but we have the experience and contacts to make this happen. With your backing we will have the time and resources to overcome most problems. I imagine there is a strong risk of heat exhaustion being under the hot Athens sunshine, but I aim to allocate funds for cold bottled water and caps!
We will be keeping everyone updated on how things are going via the kickstarter page and our facebook site.
Then when the film is completed we hope that with the help of our backers we can share this story with as many people as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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