Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crisis is an award winning political documentary. The film premiered at the 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and won two awards at the 2019 International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra: "2nd Feature Greek Award" and "Best Original Music".
Filmmaker: Harris Mylonas
Film Length: 95 minutes
Film language(s): Greek and English
Subtitle language(s): English
Join the live Q&A Session with the filmmaker, Harris Mylonas, follows the film presentation from 15:00 to 15:30 UTC.
A few words about the documentary. Searching for Andreas is an independent production about the pitfalls of charismatic leadership and the limits of democratic politics during economic globalization. The story of Andreas Papandreou is an important tale that begs to be told. His legacy is still felt in Greece 22 years after his death. Moreover, this story includes lessons for many other cases, from Venezuela to Hungary and even the USA. I have worked with a small but dedicated team to bring this documentary to your screens. I believe it is important to share this larger-than-life story to an international audience. I initially set out to make a biographical documentary. However, with the financial crisis in Europe not abating and the political crisis in Greece deepening, a merely biographical documentary about Andreas was difficult to justify.
The film is not just about Andreas' life and legacy, but rather a cautionary tale about overreliance on charismatic leaders and the challenges that democracies face in our times. The tensions between austerity, dictated by economic globalization, and democratic politics are manifesting themselves across the world, from Italy to Argentina. Searching for Andreas explores the reasons behind the radical transformation of Greece’s party system during the crisis, while shedding light to the interminable succession crises that ensued within the two dominant parties, New Democracy and the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, following the departure of the two charismatic leaders, Constantine Karamanlis and Andreas Papandreou. A political representation crisis turned into a legitimation crisis, which is partly responsible for the rise of populist and anti-establishment movements. Greek developments are no doubt connected to broader trajectories in the European and global commons.
The filmmaker's hope is that the film will find its place in libraries across the world and will be screened in classrooms and auditoria for students to engage with the nature of charismatic leadership and the role of institutions in contemporary politics. It would be amazing to be included in your program.