At 83 years of age, Greek Australian Vasili reflects on his family’s traumatic experiences during and after the Greek Civil War and commences a journey to the islands of Ai Strati, Ikaria and Makronisos, where his father was exiled and tortured 70 years ago as a political prisoner, for standing up to fascism.
As a reflection of post traumatic stress and transgenerational trauma caused by civil war, Vasili’s journey is observed through the camera lens of his daughter Krystallo, who is the filmmaker of this documentary. Together they seek answers for why these atrocities happened.
Artwork by Giorgos Farsakidis
Through the power of visual storytelling of personal experiences during the Greek Civil War including exile, betrayal, persecution, torture, displacement and murder, the film not only gives victims and their families an opportunity to document their collective stories but to also provide them with a global voice in a world where history is repeating over and over again.
Aims & Objectives
The filmmaker’s aim is to record victim’s stories during this dark period in Greece’s history and inform international audiences, so that history and the consequences of evil human actions don’t repeat.
Through international screenings, the filmmaker also aims to call on relatives and friends of Makronisos exiles, to assist in creating a registry of names in honour of the children, women and men who were exiled, tortured and executed in Makronisos during the Greek Civil War.
The documentary will not only inform international audiences and the Greek diaspora but create a forum where victims and their families can connect and discuss their experiences, educate the community and introduce the history of the Greek Civil War in schools as it’s been the best-kept secret within the Greek and international education system.