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Elias Petropoulos - An Underground World| 1hr
Director: Kalliopi Legaki | Producer: Maria Gentekou
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: Greece
Subject Tags: belief, culture, europe, global, identity, livelihood, politics
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
“I present the world through a different perspective than what we were taught at school or in the army. I believe that we each have the right to see society with our own eyes. Personally, I am more interested in the Devil than in God.” Elias Petropoulos A restless and inquisitive spirit, a foe of academics and the establishment, Petropoulos was the first folklorist in Greece who dealt with social outcasts and described people and situations ignored by his country’s official history. He lived next to rebetika singers, bums, street-urchins, whores and sissies, prisoners and underground people who became the heroes of his books: The Brothel, Kaliarda (an Etymological Dictionary of Greek Homosexuals’ Slang ), The Handbook of the Good Thief, The History of the Condom, The Rebetika Songs, The Holy Hashish and others. In this documentary, all these people meet in front of our camera. Their testimonies about their life and their relation with the writer; join Petropoulos’ confessions, who was persecuted and sentenced several times for his books.

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