Greece 2014, 64′, Greek/German/English with German subtitles

‘Burning from the inside’ is a socio-political documentary, coming out from the streets of Athens and Berlin. Using the rise of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn as the main axis, it exposes the fascist structures and the social disintegration witch invaded Greece, from the perspective of the Greek immigrants in Germany. Giving their own fight against the Nazi outburst, the Greeks collaborate with Germans, and try to create a ‘voice’ which speaks about the constant violations of human rights in Greece, as well as the role of Germany as the ‘queen of Europe’. By juxtaposing the events in the two countries, the film imposes questions on the functionality of democracy in the country that gave birth to it, and ‘universalizes’ the Nazi problem. At the same time, it focuses on the amazing power that the people can assume when united, and unfolds the reasons which made Greece a country burning from the inside.

Marsia Tzivara

is a filmmaker from Athens Greece, currently based in Berlin.
She studied media and film in England, and since then she works in the Greek and international film and TV industry as director, casting director and assistant director.
Being involved in the industry for almost 15 years, she has collaborated with many successful Greek Filmmakers as well as the ‘elite’ of mainstream and legendary Greek actors.
Marsia moved to Berlin in 2011, and since then she has been involved in a number of German projects, having the chance to intergrade in the German film industry and expand her horizons.
She is a film activist interested in Human rights, member of the German film collective
Ak-Kraak, and she is involved in documentaries and activist videos on social and political issues in Germany and abroad.
At the moment, she is on a festival circle with the Greek-German documentary film ‘Burning from the inside’, which has already attributed international recognition and awards, while on development for her upcoming film project.

Postheimat – by Ioanna Kriona

Germany 2014, 23′, Greek with German subtitles

Six Greek immigrants, all members of an amateur theatre group stage Brecht’s “Fear and Misery in the Third Reich” in Berlin. Working on the play gives them a first insight into the reality of persecution in Germany during World War II. The film follows them after their last appearance, as they visit a hospital that used to be a mental institution during the Nazi regime. Full of historical references, the place gives them the opportunity to explore the past in a way they never had as actors.


Ioanna Kriona

was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1990. In 2012 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Freie Universität in Berlin, where she studied History of Arts and Film Studies. During her studies, she worked for several film institutions, like the 50. International Film Festival of Thessaloniki, the 11. International Documentary Film Festival of Thessaloniki and the Film Museum of Thessaloniki. Since 2010, she works as a filmmaker within the framework of cultural initiatives and associations, such as the Greek Community Centre in Berlin. 2014 she is elected to the board of the Greek Community of Berlin, since February 2015 also a vice-president. In 2014 she completed “Postheimat”, the first own film project she has worked on as a writer, director and producer. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Film Studies in Berlin.









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special screening


Greece / Germany


Greek / German / English with English subtitles