What an interesting documentary. Let me give you the official blurb first and then I will share my thoughts…

Dogs of Democracy is a documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them. Filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs and peoples’ experience. Shot on location in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary is about how Greece has become the ‘stray dogs of Europe’, and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti-austerity movement. A universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals.

Yes the official description is true, but it does not really describe the warmth and love that some people in Athens have for these stray dogs. They roam the streets with impunity, they follow traffic rules and cross the road at the correct place. No one seems to mind

Some find great comfort in the dogs, they know what is right and just claims one resident,

Prior to the 2004 Olympics there was an attempt to rid Athens of the strays, needless to say there was a backlash, and a sanctuary was created to keep them safe while the world descended on Athens.

When the Greek economy collapsed, Greece itself became the stray dog of the EEC. Like the dogs in Athens, the Greek people had to survive on the scraps fed to them by the EEC. The technical term was ‘Austerity Measures’, the actual effect was to reduce the population to paupers.

The Anti-Austerity movement was born and at its head was a stray dog, Loukanikos.  He was at the front of every protest and got hit by Tear Gas more than once, he indeed knew what was right and just!

You can get your own copy of this very fine and thought provoking documentary by clicking on the Amazon link above.

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