Utopia on the Horizon

Utopia on the HorizonIn May 2011, hundreds of thousands of Greeks swarmed into Syntagma Square in Athens to protest against the fire sale of their country, their labor rights and their livelihoods to corrupt domestic elites and foreign financial interests.

In a matter of days, a protest camp was set up - organized on the principles of direct democracy, leaderless self-management and mutual aid - providing a glimpse of utopia in the midst of a devastating financial, political and social crisis.

On June 28-29, during a Parliamentary vote on further austerity measures, the state finally responded with brutal force, eventually evicting the protesters from the square and crushing the radical potential of their social experiment.

A year later, activists involved in the movement and the occupation of Syntagma Square, as well as the WWII resistance hero Manolis Glezos, decided to speak in front of the camera.

What follows is this dramatic portrait of a country veering on the brink of collapse; and the people who chose to struggle in order to build a new world on the ruins of the old.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Jo McKay

    I have to agree that perhaps the greatest moment each of us face in these times is a call to wake up and choose what values, if any can you stand for, live for...that we may be required to also die for them has become clear when our very own police and sometimes military will attack and brutalize it's own people to preserve the authority of ruling 'elites'.
    I have been reminded that we have almost always, in history, lived under a 'protectorate' or 'controller'; these 'rulers' do only appear benevolent as long as things are going their way, as long as 'we' do as we're told.

    If we do not wish to be re-enslaved again and again in our futures, we must learn new skills, not the least of which are better self-sufficiency. The work has begun.
    Thank you for this moving and honest film.

  2. Glen Hale

    Coming to a ' burb near you one day soon, every 70 -80 yrs there has been a depression, last one was 1930 till 1947 took until 1955 for the stock market to get back to 30's.

  3. Keith Laufenberg

    This is something that can, and will, happen in America and every other Capitalist Nation which refuses to recognize that the ruling classes are always the wealthy ones who have enormous wealth, guys like Romney, but no common sense or hearts. They use the police and armies to protect their way of life and, like Obama and every other president, they actually believe that they are "successes" and they never fail to point that out and in order to stay where they are they "use" portions of the population to idolize them and wish to be "like them" instead of helping people they help themselves: to more wealth and power. Like the guy said before its existence the airplane was a utopia and the same with the satellites and even though we had no past experience we had to do it and now they, Greece, even though they haven't had past experience they have to do it and what that is looks to me like a revolution.

  4. KsDevil

    Sorry, but this documentary was pretty much just platitudes.

  5. Hector Sanchez

    So let me understand your thinking. If you are succesfull and become rich by your work this some how makes you bad and evil.

    Stop being lazy and do something with your life.

  6. Hector Sanchez

    Greece had become a huge welfare state that was going to burst at the seams eventually. The entitlement mentality in Greece is so sad. This led to jobs like a hairdresser to be considered “hazardous” so that there would be fatter pensions and earlier retirements. Salaries and pensions of government employees took up 52 percent of Greece’s budget. 52 percent!

    It’s not all of Greece that’s the problem. Many European bankers bought bonds from deadbeats that won’t pay out as promised without intervention from the European Central Bank. Fixing the Greek and other economies may prove to be a tough task, as it involves others having to step in and dictate to Athens how to direct its economic affairs and this has made many people in Greece angry. Entitlements are out of control in greece. In Greece you have developed a mentality far too dependent on Government entitlements that are not sustainable.

    Here in the United States since President Obama got re-elected many people fear that the United States may lead down the same path as Greece since Obama has added more dept to our national dept in his first two years in office than any other President in U.S history.

  7. Devon Griffiths

    Nobody gets rich by their own work. If you want to get rich, you have to employ people (or buy stocks in companies that do) and get rich off their work.

  8. Jonn Nilsson

    please remove the word "utopia" from the title since utopia is not discussed at all in the documentary.

  9. greeninwi

    I understand what you are saying, and in a free market capitalistic society, you would be right. We do not have free markets, we have selective markets. The selectors are the bought and paid for politicians and the selectees (winners) are their buddies who made them bought and paid for politicians. It is a vicious cycle that must be broken if we are ever going to see ingenuity at a grass roots level pick up again. Currently, you are almost required to collude with government officials in order to succeed, because in any industry you are competing against companies who are colluding with government officials to write pointed laws with targeted loopholes. Your ideology is where we need to go, but we need to fix our broken system before it will work the way it was designed. Government needs to hand over the reigns of our economy to the people so that winners and losers are picked by the markets rather than our corrupt politicians. We are in an era where direct democracy is more than feasible, each and every one of us should be voting on bills rather than politicians. Could we still be corralled? Yes, but it is more difficult to corral an entire population than it is to buy off a few politicians.

    Take care.

  10. wcb123

    Never trust a Greek.

  11. chris_koutras

    What he's saying is that labor has less earning potential than capital in our current environment. It's called "capitalism" for a reason. You can't get rich from your own work(meaning labor) because you don't have enough time to work(utilize labor). However, you can employ others and take a profit from their labor(which is a form of rent in economic terms). Or you can buy part of a company who's profit comes by similar means. In a functioning economy the laborers should be able to take their skills developed while they were employed, start their own business as a competitor to their previous employer, lower the industry's profit margins through competition, and then the cycle begins. The capitalist class(people with money) have succeeded in making the barriers to entry such that its very difficult to enter into an industry(think banking or grocery stores) and so competition is weak, margins are high, and laborers are underpaid for the value they add to a product/service further limiting their ability to accumulate capital and start their own competitive firm.

  12. Nothing_Is_Real

    Capitalism is being corrupt by privitized banking with its loansharking methods. Govrenments have sold the banking system to filthy rich and abanndoned the no intrest printing which was profitable for everyone for the print for intrest which is pfofitable only for the private banks which now runs most governments globaly except the few which are portrayed as terrorist countries. They are not terrorist countries they are countries that have government owned banks and are refusing to let privatized banks take over their governments. Privatized banks now own USA, Britain and Isreal the leaders of the global war fighting for the privatized banks.

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