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Broadcasting date: 8-11-2004
Title : DIRTY GREEKS
Subject : RACISM

In March 1998, the authority of the community of Palio Keramidi, in the state of Pieria, banned the circulation of Albanian immigrants after sunset. This measure, imposed to constrain the increasing criminality figures, caused various responses.

 

One year after the measure was imposed, Reportage Without Frontiers travelled to Palio Keramidi and invited its residents to two public discussions...

 

In the beginning, almost everyone supported the authority's measure. A documentary filmed in the US, concerning the treatment of Greek immigrants by Americans in the early 20th century, was then shown to those present. As survivors of that era and historians confirm, Greek immigrants were the victims of prejudices towards immigrants from poor southern European countries. After arriving in the US, they were quarantined and forced to go through extensive medical tests and interrogations. Those who passed the tests were hired on minimum wage, unhealthy jobs that Americans did not take. They were even fights between

Kou-Klux-Clan members and Greeks in the Southern part of the country.

 

During the discussion with the residents of Palio Keramidi it was revealed that there had never been any serious incident involving Albanian immigrants. Some of the residents admitted that their attitude towards the Albanians was similar to the attitude of Americans toward Greek immigrants. Others said that these were incidents of the past. After that, those present were shown another documentary about a recent incident involving a Greek immigrant in Germany.

 

The documentary was filmed in New York, New Jersey, Washington and Palio Keramidi. It participated at the Thessalonica Film Festival and received international acclamation. Stelios Kouloglou presented the documentary in Barcelona.

 

 

 

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