The Potentiality of Storming Heaven
A 28 minutes short movie-presentation of the insurrection of December 2008 in Greece through the words and actions of people that took part in it. The video was created in Thessaloniki in January 2009 and its first presentation took place before an open discussion-review of the insurrection in the squatted public library of Ano Poli.
‘It’s of the genre known as “riotporn”, and captures images of the Greek insurrections in late 2008 into 2009, centred in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarcheia, where Special Guards had murdered Alexander Grigoropoulos, an unarmed 15-year-old student. Greek anarchists and their comrades don’t play. They are seen repeatedly charging police lines, sometimes in makeshift protective gear and armed with stones and sticks and rag-stuffed bottles of gasoline. The cops have more at their disposal, of course. I watched this in Wheeler Auditorium at UC Berkeley, capacity 760, which had been occupied by about 80 dissident students, workers, a couple faculty members. The cops kept coming in to tell us we had to go or we would be arrested. They would glance up at the huge screen and then offer their official “admonition.” Nobody left. Eventually the movie ended—we watched it twice—and we started a dance party and when the cops came in for a last time somebody just turned up the music’
— Joshua Clover
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