He says, “Maybe it is time we show these kids that this country is worth fighting for!”
Disenfranchisement runs ramped among youth in Greece at varying degrees. One such degree is poisonous complacency brought on by a lack of confidence, self-respect, belief that systematic change is plausible in an economic and political climate poisoned by inefficient state establishments and lack of community. The coach, having built such a community around extra-curricular activity (which there is not enough of in Greece) for children to learn to work towards a common goal, is asking the parents to quit the self-loathing and pessimism at home and instead engage young Greeks to believe that they can make a difference in their lives and in their country. If we are to rely on the next generations of Greeks to organize and pursue detailed, step-by-step reforms to change the country for the better, the first step needs to address the psychological damage they have faced by growing up in an era of austerity and pessimism which, in many households, have left them alone and frightened to engage with the future. In this age of information and social media, they have access to every article over the past ten years which has painted Greece as Europe’s enemy within. The fact is, young Greeks right now need to believe that there are ways to work and kickstart endeavours on a level above means of traditional assistance and still generate successful, economically sustainable models. I really enjoyed including in this film the young Greeks building a school for self-sufficiency within a sustainable eco-community only a few hours from capital Athens. I’m not saying, “everyone go build an eco-village”. I am more an advocate for the psychology that drove them to. I get a lot of heat from people who say, “individual psychology is not what destroyed Greece, systematic violence did”. I don’t agree with that statement in full, but let’s play with that for a second. This film examines a reversal of the process and asks the question, “Okay, systematic change. How will we engage Greek youth to want to even get up in the morning to fight for systematic change?” If someone has a magic button, I’d love to see it. Until then, the individual and in turn group psychology of young Greeks and the importance of community leaders assisting on that front is of major focus in this film.