GREEK ANIMAL RESCUE
A gravely ill, abused three-legged stray dog, abandoned in the industrial desert of Aspropyrgos, a town near Athens; a London-based charity whose mission is to help the neglected animals of Greece; a group of young volunteers who patrol Aspropyrgos and attend to the strays – these are the characters of the film found in a nightmarish place, a hellhole for many abandoned animals. Does the sick three-legged hound stand any chance of getting adopted, becoming healthy again and running across the fields of Essex? Why are the Greekies – the strays from Greece – so popular when it comes to being adopted abroad? With an unexpected ending, the film tries to discover whether there is any hope for the doomed dogs and for a doomed area outside Athens.
A cinematic allegory of the Greek circumstances during the crisis based on true stories taking place in “invisible” districts near Athens that tourists and Athenians often ignore. The stories of stray animals depict – with a cinematic precision – everything that happens in Greece in times of crisis and motivate a London based charity, that discovered this by chance, to start a European campaign aiming at awakening all those who live “protected” and trapped in big cities.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY : Menelaos KARAMAGHIOLIS
CINEMATOGRAPHY : Menelaos KARAMAGHIOLIS – Panagiotis PAPAFRAGKOS – Magnus BRIEM
CINEMATOGRAPHY LONDON : Tania FREIMUTH
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR : Panagiotis PAPAFRAGKOS
EDITING : Dimitris PEPONIS
SOUND: Stelios BOUZIOTIS
PRODUCTION : PAUSILYPON FILMS