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Wa(te)rdrops and Golfland: Natural Commons in Greece

photo of Vasilis Kostakis

Vasilis Kostakis
27th January 2014


A new documentary about the Commons in Greece is titled “Stagones” (a Greek word which is a play on the words and carries two meanings: “in the struggle” and “drop of water”) and is currently in production. Stagones (or, in English, “Wa(te)rdrops” ) documents the water struggles around Greece. It is being filmed by a group of militant filmmakers; the same team who did “Golfland?” a few years ago, a documentary about the disastrous effect of golf course development on the environment and local communities (watch “Golfland?” online).

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As Theodoros Karyotis, sociologist and member of the initiative of Solidarity to the self-managed factory Vio.Me, writes in an email:

“The working title of the new documentary is “Wa(te)rdrops”, and it aims to present, through in-depth research and fieldwork, struggles concerning water around Greece, including the struggle against the privatization of Thessaloniki’s water company (EYATH), against the gold mines in Chalkidiki and against local water reserve appropriation efforts in Volos and Crete. You can see the visually appealling first few trailers in the documentary’s web page. Thessaloniki. Volos. Make sure you activate the subtitles (English or Spanish) on the top right corner of the player. It is a proudly independent production relying on crowdfunding for its completion, and the outcome will be freely accessible under a creative commons license.”

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