Meet the women behind the extreme far-right movement.

"Whatever has happened to Greece?" wonders filmmaker Håvard Bustnes out loud at the start of this disturbing documentary. In recent years, its image as a country of sunny beaches and friendly people has been overshadowed by political ideologies that are terrifyingly close to Nazism. 

With many prominent members of the far-right Golden Dawn party now behind bars, a daughter, a wife and a mother continue to propagate its message — and all three of them are seasoned enough to avoid any slips of the tongue during interviews. But while they regularly stop the interview to make sure it went as they want, Bustnes just leaves the camera running. 

The resulting material, supplemented with archive footage that leaves no room for doubt about the depraved side of this political party, reveals an ever-widening gulf between clear facts and political image-making. While it’s frustrating that the women are so unbending in their views, it does illustrate how wearing blinders can derail an entire society.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2017
Production country:
Norway
Co production country:
Denmark
Finland
Release date (international):
2017-11-19
Production company:
Faction Film
Up North Film AS
Co production company:
House of Real
Napafilms
Producer:
Christian Falch
Håvard Bustnes
Sales agent:
DR Sales

Director

  • Håvard Bustnes

     Director Håvard Bustnes (b. 1973) is a multi award winning director and producer. He holds a degree in Directing for Television from the College of Film and TV at Lillehammer, and is one of the funding partners of UpNorth Film AS. His latest film Golden Dawn Girls premiered in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary in November 2017, has been selected to more than 50 film festivals, and won the Human International Documentary Film Festival, One World Brussels and Nordic/ Docs. Earlier films includes Two Raging Grannies, Health Factory and Big John that have traveled around the world on cinema, TV and in the festival circuit. The feature documentary «Big John» won the prestigious national Academy Awards Amanda as best theatrical documentary film. It was also awarded the Best Nordic Documentary Prize at Nordic Panorama. His films has been selected to more than 100 festivals all over the world, had theatrical release in Norway, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, and broadcast on ZDF (Germany), Arte (France), DR (Denmark), NRK (Norway), VPRO (Netherland), Chanel 8 (Israel), ORF (Austria), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), TV4 (Ireland), TVP (Poland), Aljazeera Documentary Chanel (Qatar) and NHK (Japan).   

    Håvard Bustnes

Awards

2018:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
Human Award for Best Norwegian Documentary
2018:
One World in Brussels
Best Film
2018:
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
Honorable Mention
2018:
Nordic/Docs
Best Documentary Film over 60 minutes
2019:
International Film and Human Rights Festival of Valencia
Premio EDAV for Best Development and Research

Festivals

2017:
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2018:
TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival
2018:
Göteborg International Film Festival
2018:
DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Stockfish European Film Festival
2018:
Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival
2018:
Tempo Documentary Festival
2018:
One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague
2018:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Vera Film Festival, Åland
2018:
Hamarama
2018:
CPH:DOX
2018:
One World Romania
2018:
The Swedish Human Rights Film Festival Lund
2018:
Docville International Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Docudays UA - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Festival of Tolerance – JFF Zagreb
2018:
Visions du Réel, Nyon
2018:
One World in Brussels
2018:
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
2018:
DOK.fest - München International Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Nordic/Docs
2018:
CineDoc Tiblisi
2018:
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Beldocs
2018:
DocEdge International Documentary Film Festival
2018:
Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
2018:
Sevastopol Documentary Film & TV Festival
2018:
Biografilm Festival
2018:
Open City Documentary Festival
2018:
Baltic Sea Docs
2018:
Take One Action Film Festival
2018:
Nordisk Panorama
2018:
DocsMX International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City
2018:
Astra Film Festival
2018:
Festival des Libertés
2019:
International Film and Human Rights Festival of Valencia
2019:
Neisse Film Festival
2019:
Tenemos Que Ver - Festival Internacional de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Uruguay

Crew

Director:
Håvard Bustnes
Narrator:
Håvard Bustnes
Cinematographer:
Lars Skree
Viggo Knudsen
Editor:
Anders Teigen
Composer:
Jonas Colstrup
Sound Design:
Håkon Lammetun
Screenplay:
Håvard Bustnes
Lars K. Andersen

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
1:1,85
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
94'
Language:
Greek
Subtitles:
English

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