I believe the magic secret is just life itself. Rosa Luxemburg Does the creation of the commons precede the revolution or the revolution is in common? How necessary is the insurrection for the creation of the commons? Can the revolution go into our everyday common life against an unstable mutating world like the moving sand? [...]
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I believe the magic secret is just life itself.
Does the creation of the commons precede the revolution or the revolution is in common? How necessary is the insurrection for the creation of the commons? Can the revolution go into our everyday common life against an unstable mutating world like the moving sand? There are women who are transforming during the revolution and find their place in it, but why we talk little or not at all about them?
This gathering-screening is dedicated to Nitsa-Eleni Papagiannaki with the guerrilla name Electra, who went to the mountain very young, a 17-year-old high school student, leaving urban life in the city and becoming a fighter of the Democratic Army. She was killed on 18 April 1949 (60 years ago today) in a battle near the mountain village of Kallikrates, along with Athena Handabei and five other comrades. Her head, according to testimony in the film by Alinda Dimitriou, went to Chania. Her image is just a photo. The silent walking and the touch with the place, the conversations with her companions on the mountain and research in books and press of that time were crucial to understanding her heroic personality.
On the basis of Nitsas’ story, we recognize the stories of other women who went to the mountain out of deep desire. The landscape is powerful and vulnerable, the heroic personalities were there with the birds, the flowers, the animals. Her story belongs to the collective memory, which today seems as an imperative need to look back. For years nobody talked about her as the wound was deep and the defeat present. The editing united the fragments and its history unfolded, along with it, the landscape of the revolution was detected. The documentary is a reason to think and meditate on them, but also to think about the revolution.
The gathering-screening will take place in the occupied space of Embros theater, which in the beginning was a place that was given through intensive gatherings to create a common space for the creation of new forms of art and life. Embros was operating as a commonplace where subjectivities with different identities were concentrated. There have been intense confrontations and conflicts. Today it continues to function as an occupied area where many events take place. Our engagement and inclusion in that space is the bet for its existence and duration.
Prior to the screening of the documentary, Eleni Tzirtzilakis and friends will offer utterances, words and poems about revolution.