The documentary focuses on the events of December 2008 in Athens: the murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos by two police officers in Exarcheia district, which became the spark of massive riots. Greek youths express their views towards state violence and police misconduct, and explicate how the killing of a teenager and the resulting rebellion changed their views. The same youths explain, also, how they realised that the role of «law enforcement» institutions is to reduce civil liberties, and that politicians are not public servants working for the good of their society, but, in their overwhelming majority, depraved individuals who only defend their own selfish interests.
While, most of the Western media during this period were focused on destructions, revealing their blatant cynicism of one-sided reports, this documentary explains the tactics of the Greek police force, and their long history of misconduct in this country which resulted to a massive «explosion» of the masses of the people…
You must go down in the streets to see the truth. You must join a peaceful protest in order to see the police throwing stones and tear gas without any reason. You must go to the Polytechnic school to see that the “rioters” are students with polite faces full of anger and indignation, to see how many they are… When the mainstream media talk about 30 or 40 people, we know that they are approximately 300 or 500. You will see the anarchists pushing away the looters, making place for the fire brigades and ambulances.
(Anonymous activist, talking about the events of 2008)
The documentary does not talk only about the murder of Grigoropoulos, but also examines some civil disobedience self-managed projects like the Navarino Park in Exarcheia, political festivals such as the B-Fest, music bands and anti-authoritarian hip hop groups, coming up to the events of June 29th 2011, where the Greek police brutally repressed an anti-austerity protest. Thus, we see how the «spirit» of December became a milestone in strengthening the resistance attitude of many Greeks.
«Riot! All the alternatives are even more absurd since they imply accepting the existing order in a way or another» (Situationist International)
Director: Christos Georgiou
Published by, The Al Jazeera Network. (Find out more here)
Short URL: http://wp.me/pyR3u-8Qn