Saturday, October 17, 2009
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the official end of the Greek civil war. As the Second World War came to an end other conflicts started to erupt across the Balkans including the simmering disagreements between the different factions who had fought against Nazi occupation of the country. Greece quickly turned out to be the first hot spot in what was later to be called the Cold War and and so endured four more years of bitter fighting which pitted neighbour against neighbour, brother against brother.
The effects of that war still reverberate through Greek society influencing its politics, views on the world and much of how people see themselves and their position in society, albeit on a subliminal level.
Greek director Pantelis Voulgourakis's movie, Psychi Vathia comes out in the cinemas here in Greece this week.