«ΑΤΗΕΝS FROM BENEATH»

A documentary of the newly poor

A story that needs to be told

about impoverishment
about the humanitarian crisis
about unemployment
and misery in Greece

The Greece of the new poor - the unemployed- climbing their own Calvary, during the unprecedented economic crisis in the country.
The film, following the stories of several citizens, features social inequality and injustice. Homelessness, soup kitchens, the overwhelming unemployment rates and the decadence of large sections of society into a new-poor status have turned the dream of prosperity in a socio-economic nightmare.
As an artistic project, this documentary follows neither the rules of promotional design nor the superficial glance of a tourist but is as harsh and deconstructed as life itself when it becomes stagnant. But above all it is timely and indispensible if we are to interpret social solidarity, cultural awareness and the need for dialogue.

 


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They wrote about the movie

“A movie about the victims of Greece's economic crisis. Greece's economic crisis can happen in any nation. Let's join together”.

John Perkins - Writer (Confessions of an Economic Hitman)

In “Athens from Beneath,” you gain an honest exposure to reality…it is however, also a cry of exasperation...

CINE FREAKS - Anestis Xadzidiakos

Bardakos converses with people from various social classes… Poignant stories that are documented with a sense of urgency, without intervening or much commentary...

E-NET PRESS - Ninos Fenek Mikelidis

Takis Bardakos' documentary of the poor broke hearts at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. It’s a film that documents the Greece of the new poor and unemployed, who are climbing onto their own Calvary...

ANT1 NEWS - Cinema

The documentary “Athens from Beneath” is an invitation to the human emotion.

CNN Greece - Loukas Karnis

The filmmaker moved from neighborhoods in the underbelly of Athens, up into the northern outskirts of urban areas. He hung around in municipality soup kitchens, speaking with people who were waiting in queues for just one meal and was invited into homes ravaged by the humanitarian crisis...

"ΤΑ ΝΕΑ" Christos N.E. Ieridis

Takis Bardakos held all the keys in his hands, his images, very strong and his ideas, solid and sufficient…The cinematic lens kept wandering inside the city and rooting out images of misery, implied violence, and poverty in the neighborhoods of Athens...

The PressProject - Christoforos Kasdaglis

The documentary, aiming to awaken consciences, to sensitize, mobilize and strengthen social solidarity, managed to shock patrons at this year’s 18th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

Thessaloniki city guide -  Eva Mara

“Athens from Beneath”- The documentary that stole the show!!! And literally, it broke hearts because [Takis Bardakos] films with the truth that we all know but rarely [see] displayed so bluntly and clear.

MANS LIFE - Mar Kor

    Documentary Award in
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
  • Balkan Film Food Festival
  • Halkida Doc Fest
    Official Celection:
  • New York City Greek Film Festival
  • Balkan Film Food Festival
  • Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
  • Roma Cinema DOC
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Cine Fest

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