Screening Ruins

RUINS: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-hunt

If it is true that we are living in an age of emergency, moving through cycles of crises caused by the far-reaching financialisation of  the social, the political and the cultural, then we must consider what is being created out of this permanent state of crisis. If the intent and desire is not to resolve a crisis but to survive it and move to the next, what does this mean?  Crisis is a position of knowledge. What do we know when we are in crisis?  How do we understand crisis? Who takes part?  What are the effects?

Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-hunt
Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-hunt

To begin examining these questions Future State is hosting a screening of Ruins: Chronicle of a HIV Witch-hunta documentary about HIV criminalization in Greece, which tells the story of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Hellenic Police  in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections, elections hailed as critical for Greece’s survival in the global financial markets. The women were forced to take an HIV test and those who tested positive were charged with a serious crime, their photographs and personal data published widely in the media. This public shaming was met with a national and international outcry and the documentary director, Zoe Mavroudi, aims to expose the truth behind this grim moment in Greek democracy.

A Q&A with director Zoe Mavroudi will follow the screening.

6pm on 6 December

Small Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building

Goldsmiths, University of London