Taster #7 – “Responding to a No-growth Economy”

The final teaser from our forthcoming David Fleming documentary looks at the response of people to the harsh austerity conditions in Greece since 2010.

And in particular at the informal health care system they created based on ‘solidarity clinics’, where doctors and pharmacists in their hundreds volunteer their time and experience, recognising that healthcare had been priced out of reach for many.

Having filmed off and on in Greece for more than 50 years, it was particularly sad to be focusing this time on scenes of decay and desperation. But meeting the volunteers working together as ‘Solidarity for All’ was the opposite: an inspiring example of empathy in action, making a real difference.

It’s a perfect example of what David wrote about in Surviving the Future:

“…the difficult task will not be to move away from our market-based civil society: that will fall away so fast that we will find it hard to believe it was ever there. The task, on the contrary, is to recognise that the seeds of a community ethic — and, indeed, of benevolence — still exist. It is to join up the remnants of local culture that survive, and give it the chance to get its confidence back.”

As Vasiliki Eliopoulou so aptly puts it in the clip above, this is the hope of the future.

6 Responses to “Taster #7 – “Responding to a No-growth Economy””

  1. Chris Moerman Says:

    I love this, the downfall of this culture and neo-liberalism will bring us closer together…. (in the end times). Love and Greetings!

  2. Shaun Chamberlin Says:

    Thanks Chris!

    Yes, Peter did an amazing job here (and with the film as a whole!). We can’t wait to share the full piece with the world 🙂

  3. Stacy Canterbury Says:

    Do you have an estimate for the film will be released? All these “tasters” have made me hungry for the full meal!

  4. "The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?" Says:

    […] Once we have news from Bullfrog about the final release date we will of course let you all know; we know that Stacy Canterbury is not alone in saying that “all these ‘tasters’ have made me hungry for the full meal!” […]

  5. The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? - Dark Optimism Says:

    […] Without doubt this early success owes a huge debt to all of you, both for your input to the finished film and for the enthusiastic sharing that has led to over 4.5 million views for our tasters, like the one above. Thank you. Once we have news from Bullfrog about the final release date we will of course let you all know; we know that Stacy Canterbury is not alone in saying that “all these ‘tasters’ have made me hungry for the full meal!” […]

  6. Barbara Says:

    Please, let me know when and how to purchase the DVD of the Sequel (and maybe other documetnries, that you might recommend). All the best Barbara

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