Hot Docs: Golden Dawn Girls

Golden Dawn Girls, 2017, Norway/Finland/Denmark, director Hävard Bustnes, 92 minutes, Greek with English subtitles, part of Toronto Hot Docs Festival with screenings May 1, 3, and 6, a North American premiere.

Golden Dawn Girls, 2017, Norway/Finland/Denmark, director Hävard Bustnes, 92 minutes, Greek with English subtitles, part of Toronto Hot Docs Festival with screenings May 1, 3, and 6, a North American premiere.

(HALIFAX, ON) – If you follow Greek politics you’ll know about the Golden Dawn Party. Many have pinned labels to describe where it can be pasted into the political spectrum. Some say fascists while others, particularly followers of the Golden Dawn, prefer a nationalist label.

A Norwegian film maker attempted to shed some light on exactly what is the Golden Dawn.

Golden Dawn GirlsIt started off as a small newspaper in the 1980s and then become a small movement on the extreme right. During the 2012 Greek parliamentary elections, in the midst of the financial crisis, the party won close to 400,000 votes.

In the 2015 elections, it became the third leading party. Almost all its parliamentary members were arrested and imprisoned.

I wonder if this was a desperate political act or a well founded legal action.

The documentary does not address this, nor the fact of the massive illegal immigration into Greece, particularly from Albania and Africa. The migration could be attributable to the massive increase in crime in Greece and the selling of counterfeit goods.

Since all the male parliamentary members were carted off to prison it is their female family members who step in to fill the void. They are politically savvy and well educated and the film is their story about what is the Golden Dawn.

They call themselves Socialist Nationals. Hitler called his movement National Socialist and, like Golden Dawn, his movement was intensely nationalistic.

Draw your own conclusions, which may be easy to do when we hear, at a Golden Dawn march, “Fuck the Jews. Albanians you’ll never become Greeks. And, Communists, you’ll be turned into soap.”

Also pay attention to their symbol. Look familiar?

(Golden Dawn Girls, 2017, Norway/Finland/Denmark, director Hävard Bustnes, 92 minutes, Greek with English subtitles, part of Toronto Hot Docs Festival with screenings May 1, 3, and 6, a North American premiere)

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