In May 2012, in the run-up to the general election, the Greek authorities rounded up hundreds of women from the streets of Athens. They made them take rapid tests for HIV. Those diagnosed positive were charged with prostitution and the intent to spread …

Walton Pantland

In May 2012, in the run-up to the general election, the Greek authorities rounded up hundreds of women from the streets of Athens. They made them take rapid tests for HIV. Those diagnosed positive were charged with prostitution and the intent to spread the virus. Their mug shots, names and personal details were published in the media. They were imprisoned. And they became unwitting pawns in a political game by a system hungry for scapegoats.

Directed by Zoe Mavroudi, Ruins features exclusive interviews with two of the women, two of their mothers, lawyers, journalists, doctors and activists, who campaigned for the women’s release.

Ruins is in the final stages of editing and will be released in September 2013

Credits
Director: Zoe Mavroudi
Camera operator, sound: Giannis Xinos
Editor: Antonio Rochira
Editing supervisor, trailer: Vaso Sideri
Original Music: Fruto5
Sound mixing: Nikos Tsines
Graphics design: Gabriel Melissourgakis
Executive Producers: Theodora Oikonomides, Apostolis Kaparoudakis
Special thanks to Union Solidarity International and Unite the Union who provided the seed funding without which this project would not have materialized.
Ruins was made possible through the invaluable contribution from the activists of the Solidarity Initiative for the Persecuted HIV Positive Women.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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