Today was the day of our first interview. We would meet Irini who we had a quick talk with already the night before. But first things first.
We originally tried to portray all interviewees in a setting they found importand to our story. Now, that proved to be somewhat more difficult than expected. For our first interview we needed to find a place that was quiet (sensitive microphones pick up all background noise), that had a place to sit for both interviewees and interviewers (so park benches aren’t the best spot) and where we had enough room to setup our gear.
So, Gordon, Felix and Till settled for an archeological park with great view over the acropolis. Once Mathis and Sascha arrived there a very nice security guy told us that we needed permission to film there. He was generous though so we simply moved our setup just further outside the actual archeological site but still within the park. The view was stunning.
At 4 pm precisely Irini showed up right at the site as was planned. And our first interview began. Mathis and Sascha lead through the conversation trying to get from Irini’s job at an Athens’ school to the changes she’d experienced in the past couple of years.
“In a way, I feel trapped in the current situation.”
This quote somewhat struck us. How would it feel like if your parents always worked so hard to give you all the opportunities and then all of a sudden you just couldn’t use them. Irini said she’s satisfied at the moment. She has a job and can support herself. But she cannot even imagine loosing it, constantly feeling this job insecurity lingering along. So she moved on talking about a general phenomenon of rich countries where our parent generation worked really hard and had us as the child-generation not prepared to work hard but just always chase after a distant dream.
Irini showed us how talking about hardship in Greece isn’t something people should only be sad about. On the constant fear of what future would bring for Greece’s people she told us that young people she knows actually established a running gag like: “So where did you go for Grexit this year?”
We asked her what she thinks should change within the next couple of years to better the situation. She said its the small things. Having travelled to europe she quickly came up with an example: “You know, everything would already be better if we only had bike lanes.” Well, we ourselves have gotten to really like the Metro system. But there aren’t many bikes around at all. Only motorized ones.
The evening ended with a beautiful view of the sundown over Athens and the team shuffeling to get goot shots and pictures of the scenery. All in all today was a great one. Many lessons learned: From permissions at shooting-locations to what difference the little things make. Now, Exarchias nightlife is waiting.