Spectres Are Haunting Europe

( Fantasmata planiountai pano apo tin Evropi )

Maria Kourkouta Niki Giannari

  • Arabic, Greek, English (with English subtitles); 99 min
Best World Documentary (Opus Bonum) - Jihlava IDFF

Spectres Are Haunting Europe - Maria Kourkouta - Niki Giannari

Greece, 2016, 99 min
  • Production: Survivance

The Idomeni refugee camp housed people from the Middle East who were trying to cross the border into Europe. When the Greek police closed the camp, the refugees resisted and blocked a railway line used to deliver goods. Maria Kourkouta’s minimalist documentary not only observes these events but also presents carefully modeled static images that open up the space within and without the frame of view, and in the closing black-and-white sequence offers a poetic commentary. The result is a bleak portrait of a place where endless lines of refugees try to preserve the final remnants of their individual freedoms.