“Its a problem we people created. We people can solve it.”
There has been so much positive energy with the people we have met here in Athens. George said it in his own words in the interview we did on wednesday with him and Dimitris. George is an IT expert working at a company and also freelance in his spare time. Together with Dimitris who is an actor the two of them explained their situation to us.
We had our conversation with the two of them in Piraeus. That is a city right next to Athens that is getting absorbed by the greek capital at the moment so the two cities are merging further and further. It is also home to Greece’s huge port. It’s commercial part has just recently been sold to the chinese shipping and logistics megacompany COSCO. The place we met at had a great view over both the city of Athens and it’s whole coastline. With that sort of overview our interview also gave us a broad view of the situation George and Dimitris were explaining.
In the afternoon we met at the same place with Antonis. He is a recent graduate of Athens Business school and lives in the port-city. Antonis has this great analytical mind and explained to us all we wanted to know about economics and politics in Greece at the moment. He shared also a story of how declining income in his family over the past years has changed their daily life. Also he pointed out something quite important to our film: As we explained before we have a huge filter on the stories we are hearing due to the fact that we can do interviews only in English. Antonis told us that we might be getting a completely different picture if we were to talk not to people our age but to our parent-generation. And it makes sense if you think it through: The people who have worked for a couple of years leading up to the crisis had made investments. Maybe they took loans, developed a lifestyle that fit their incomes, probably have children to support. Now if they loose their jobs or face severe wage-cuts the situation for them changes even more so dramatically than for the young and educated who might have trouble getting a job but haven’t yet developed a life to support. The young might be able to fall back onto their parents, move back in with them. But the older generation is hit much more directly.
On thursday we had again a day of meeting people, filming in the city and starting what we call the “introduction” and “reflection” for our film. We met with a great dancing project called skytali. It was just such great vibes of dancers interacting and building a network to support each other in a times like this. The place they’re meeting at is the Duncan Dance Research Center, their building being built by American actress Isadora Duncan in 1903.
We’re on our final strech now. Let’s not loose the pace.