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Year: 2016

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG

Runtime: 58 min

Directed By: Mary Zournazi

Produced By: Tom Zubrycki

Language: English + English subtitles

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WINNER! Spirit of Activism Award, Nevada Women's Film Festival, March 2017

"AN INSPIRING FILM … the big-hearted dogs of Athens, and the generous Greeks behind them, are able to shine a light for us in the midst of the present neoliberal darkness." – J.M. Coetzee, Nobel-Prize-winning author.

Dogs of Democracy is a documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them. Author and first-time filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs and the experiences of Greek citizens.

For Zournazi, Greece has become ‘the stray dog of Europe’: the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti-austerity movement. Filmed in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary offers a universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals.

Coming from a Greek family living in Australia, Mary Zournazi made her first visit to Athens in 2014. She is the author of several books including Hope - New philosophies for change and Inventing Peace with the German filmmaker Wim Wenders. She teaches in the sociology program at the University of New South Wales.


“A powerful film … the stray dogs of central Athens are transformed from mere symbols of a peculiar freedom to witnesses of a heart-wrenching human crisis.“ - Yanis Varoufakis, Greek economist and politician.

“A terrific film. It weaves the story of the dogs through Greece's recent political history, and more importantly, a sense of the joys of struggle.” - 
Professor Michael Hardt
, political philosopher, Duke University.



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