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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Film screening – 5 April + Talk on Terrorism in Greece by Dr George Kassimeris – 8 April. @ Hellenic Centre, W1

13 Knocking at my door - " ΧΤΥΠΟΥΝ ΤΗΝ ΠΟΡΤΑ ΔΕΚΑΤΡΕΙΣ "
A documentary by Athina Krikeli
presented by Ellopia TV USA

SATURDAY 5 APRIL 2014 - Screening times: 5pm & 7pm
Duration: 70min
Language: Greek with English subtitles
Ticket £5 to be paid at the door
Further information on 020 7487 5060 or at

The event is under the auspices of HE the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Gregorios
Supported by the Hellenic Centre

With a new documentary 13 Knocking at my door, comes to London the renowned journalist-director Athina Krikeli of New York, to approach the story in her own journalistic perspective: The before and after of the fatal explosion of July 11th 2011 at the Naval Base Evangelos Florakis of Cyprus.

The explosion of a strange cargo shook the foundation of the Naval Base and of the EAC Power Plant nearby, as well as the foundation of the entire country. The shooting process of the documentary lasted 3 months, while more than 35 interviews were performed so that the viewers would be able to follow the events before and after the explosion. The tragic aftermath of the explosion was: 13 dead and 62 wounded.

This documentary is an effort to document the loss of 13 people and also the indifference of many others, before and after.
« It has been the most difficult documentary film - states its creator Athina Krikeli - not only because of the nature of its subject, but because of the ‘obstacles’ that many had created for us along the way. It was a difficult process, on our part - a struggle of low profile and quick movements so that we would not be caught in the tentacles of bureaucracy. Certainly out of the 30 documentaries I have created till today, this one affected me the most! It had opened my eyes to an unpleasant side of Cyprus, while at the same time I met there some of the most wonderful Greeks »!

The première of the film took place in Cyprus at the Zena Palace theatre of Nicosia on January 13th 2013. The date was chosen by Athina Krikeli herself in honour of the 13 victims. Many performances followed in all cities of Cyprus, as well as in the city of Thessaloniki Greece.

Tuesday 8 April, 7.15pm – Great Hall, Hellenic Centre - FREE

A talk by Dr George Kassimeris, placing Greek extremist violence in a broader political and cultural perspective and explaining why it has become a permanent fixture of national public life.

Greece has one of the most sustained problems of political terrorism anywhere in the world. From the mid-1970s to the present, the country’s political and socio-economic institutions have been confronted by systematic terrorist violence mainly at the hands of revolutionary guerrilla groups. The long story of Greek terrorism was thought to have ended in the summer of 2002 with the collapse of the country’s premier terrorist group and one of Europe’s longest-running gangs, the notorious Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N). 17N’s dismantling and imprisonment, rather than demoralizing and emasculating the country’s armed struggle movement, led instead to the emergence of new urban guerrilla groups and an increase and intensification of revolutionary violence.

This talk will place Greek extremist violence in a broader political and cultural perspective and will explain why it has become a permanent fixture of national public life. George Kassimeris, Reader in Terrorism Studies at Wolverhampton University, is the author/editor of six books including Europe's Last Red Terrorists: The Revolutionary Organization 17 November, Playing Politics with Terrorism: A User's Guide and most recently Inside Greek Terrorism.

Free entry but please confirm attendance on 020 7563 9835 or at

Organised by the Hellenic Centre.

For more info on these events = - 16-18 Paddington St, London W1U 5AS

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