RUINS – Chronicle of an HIV witch hunt will have its UK premier at Birkbeck, University of London, on 18 October. Starts: Oct 18, 2013 12:00 PM Finishes: Oct 18, 2013 02:00 PM Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Torrington Square, WC1E 7HX, Room B34 Booking …

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RUINS – Chronicle of an HIV witch hunt will have its UK premier at Birkbeck, University of London, on 18 October.

Starts: Oct 18, 2013 12:00 PM
Finishes: Oct 18, 2013 02:00 PM
Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Torrington Square, WC1E 7HX, Room B34
Booking details: Free entry; first come, first seated

A documentary by Zoe Mavroudi

RUINS is a documentary about a shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece. It tells the story of the persecution of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Hellenic Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections.

The persecution and public shaming of HIV-positive women received great publicity in Greece and caused an international outcry. However, strangely enough for a democratic country, no political figures or media opinion-makers were held accountable. RUINS exposes the whole truth behind this grim moment in Greek democracy.

RUINS includes exclusive interviews with two of the HIV-positive women and two of their mothers, as well as interviews with doctors, lawyers, journalists, academics and activists, who campaigned for their release.

The documentary is directed by Zoe Mavroudi. Zoe’s theatre work has been produced in the US and in Europe. Her screenplays have won awards and honors at international festivals and contests, such as the Berlin Film Festival 2013 and the Evolution International Film Festival 2012. Her award-winning screenplay Safeword is currently under option in the US. For the London run of her solo play Beauty is Prison-Time she received three Off West End Theatre Award nominations in 2011, including for most promising new playwright and best female performance. RUINS is her directorial debut.

The documentary was funded by Union Solidarity International and Unite the Union.


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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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