CountryUK | Greece, 2016
LanguageGreek with English subtitles
Produced by Paul Mason
About the Director:
Theopi Skarlatos is a Greek/British journalist, producer and presenter. Her print career can be traced back to New Design Magazine, Greece Magazine and Athens News. In electronic media, she has worked across television, radio and online for organisations such as BBC, ITN and ITV. #ThisIsACoup is her second documentary project – her first, Love in a Time of Crisis, featured in GFF 2014.
“The extraordinary resilience of the Greek people – in retreat but not defeated – is a key message of the film.” Filmmaker Theopi Skarlatos
January 2015. A radical left party called Syriza wins the Greek elections. With over 50% youth unemployment, unimaginable public debt and the people struggling under crippling austerity measures, Syriza and its charismatic leader, Alexis Tsipras, is handed a clear mandate for change.
In this four-part unravelling of events, Theopi Skarlatos and Paul Mason look at how Syriza won, what they did, how they clashed with the global financial system and how it all ended. Fully exploiting their unprecedented access to politicians and venturing behind the doors where decisions were made, they chronicle a ‘war’ that highlights the democratic deficit at the heart of the EU.
Underpinning all this political posturing is also a strong vein of hope. As Skarlatos told The Voice of Europe, “The people always felt they were stronger than the politicians who eventually didn’t live up to the promises they made back in January.”