Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt

“Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt” is a documentary about the criminalization of HIV. Directed by Zoe Mavroudi, it tells the story of a group of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Greek Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media, in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections.

“Ruins” premieres in the Benaki Museum – Peiraios Street Annex, Athens, on Sunday September 15th, 7pm, and the Aula Maxima, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, on Tuesday September 17th, 7pm. Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with the film director. Screenings are open to the public and entrance is free. After a round of public screenings in Greece and abroad, “Ruins” will become available online.

Visit the “Ruins” website for more information and related material.

ruins chronicle of an hiv witch-hunt

Zoe Mavroudi, The Irate Greek, OmniaTV and UNFOLLOW magazine present

Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt

Directed by Zoe Mavroudi

Camera Operator, Sound: Giannis Chinos

Editor: Antonio Rochira

Post-processing: @menacius

Original Music: Fruto5

Composer: Diamanda Galás, “This is the Law of the Plague” (Plague Mass, live 1991)

Sound Mixing: Nikos Tsines

Trailer: @menacius

Graphics Design, Subtitles: Nefeli Alepoudeli, @menacius

Editorial Assistant: Marianna Roumelioti

Executive Producers: Theodora Oikonomides (@IrateGreek), Loukas Stamellos (@potmos)

Production Assistant: @ypopto_mousi

Promotion & Publicity: Theodora Oikonomides, Natalia Klossa

Web Design: @ypopto_mousi, @SpecKtator_

London crew

Camera Operator: Antonio Rochira

Lighting Designer: Bryan Romaine

Sound: Nicholas Payne

Interviews in order of appearance

Kostas Farmakidis, Lawyer

Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants

Ourania Georgiou, Doctor

Infectious Diseases Unit, Evangelismos Hospital

Marianella Kloka

ΝGO, Positive Voice

Chrysa Botsi, Doctor

Andreas Sygros Hospital, HIV Unit – ΝGO, Act Up Hellas

Evangelia Soumeli

Solidarity Initiative for the Persecuted HIV-positive Women

Anna Kavouri

NGO, Center for Life

Mariniki Alevizopoulou, Journalist

UNFOLLOW magazine

Matthew Weait, Professor of Law and Policy

Birkbeck College, University of London

Music Titles

“102 Neptune Seconds”
“Dollhouse Conspiracy”
Composed by Fruto5 (@KyriosElefantas)

“This is the Law of the Plague”
Composed and performed by Diamanda Galás
From: “Plague Mass: 1984 – End Of The Epidemic”
Recorded live in concert on October 12th and 13th, 1990 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
Produced by Kurt Munkacsi and Blaise Dupuy
Executive Producer: Rory Johnson
Mixed at The Living Room Studios Inc., NYC
Mute, ‎Elektra Entertainment

“Minuet from String Quintet in E, Op.13, No.5”
Composed by Luigi Boccherini
Artist: I Musici di Roma
From the CD: The Best of Boccherini: Including the Minuet
Copyright: © 1993 Universal International Music B.V.

This documentary would not have been made possible without the invaluable contribution of the activists from the Solidarity Initiative for the Persecuted HIV-positive Women, Evangelia Soumeli, Sissy Vovou, Popi Melliou and Chrysa Botsi

Thank you also to:

Sophia Apostolia
Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Antonis Broumas
Aliki Chapple
Christos Christou
Marina Daskalopou​lou
Nikos Dedes
Tasos Fotiou
I Musici di Roma
Jason Hickel
Κostadis Kabourakis
Laura Kelber
Sofia Kiritsi
Christina Lardikou
Vagelis Mallios
Virginia Mantouvalou
Eleni Marini
Argyro Mavroudi
Kostas Mavroudis
Medecins Sans Frontieres Greece
Gabriel Melissourgakis
Gerasimos Notaras
Takis Panagiotopoulos
Vasilis Papadopoulos
Katerina Patrikarakou
Charalambos Poulopoulos
Vaso Sideri
Τherapy Center for Dependent Individuals-KETHEA
Elizabeth Zachariadou

Our immense gratitude goes to Andrew Brady and Walton Pantland from Union Solidarity International, as well as Unite the Union, who provided the seed funding without which this project would not have materialized

Presented by Zoe Mavroudi, The Irate Greek, OmniaTV and UNFOLLOW magazine

Dedicated to all the women who were arrested and to those who still support them

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