A documentary film about the Greek HIV criminalisation case, made with support from USi and Unite the Union, will be released in Greece this week. Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt, tells the story of women rounded up in the streets of Athens and s …

USi Live

RuinsA documentary film about the Greek HIV criminalisation case, made with support from USi and Unite the Union, will be released in Greece this week.

Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt, tells the story of women rounded up in the streets of Athens and subjected to mandatory HIV tests. Twenty-six women were found to be HIV positive. They were arrested, publicly exposed on television and the print media, and vilified as a “time bomb” threatening Greek families.

This was done by the right wing Greek Government in the weeks before the 2012 election. By drumming up hysteria against sex workers, immigrants, disabled people and other marginalised groups, the Government attempted to show it was “in control” by instituting brutal crackdowns.

The documentary is directed by Zoe Mavroudi, who has written extensively for USi about the case.  – the producer – attended our last Advisory Board to give us an update on progress and answered questions.

The trailer was launched on YouTube yesterday and has had over 3,500 hits in less than 24 hours.

Please turn on “captions” to enable the English subtitles.

We are very excited about this documentary which in its entirety is 52 minutes long. We had the privilege of seeing the final cut. It’s excellent: a shocking indictment of a Government using scapegoating and fear to push through repressive austerity measures. The films premiers in Athens this week, and showings are being organised around the world including the UK, Canada and the USA so far. If you’re interested in your union or group getting a showing of ‘Ruins’ then please contact Mary.

We are very proud to be associated with supporting this important documentary.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.