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Burning from the inside

‘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 German comrades 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’. At the same time, there is a reference on the on-growing relations between Greek and German Nazis and the struggle of the antifascist movement which grew stronger at the same time. 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. Finally, 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
    Film deput
  • Marsia Tzivara
  • Marsia Tzivara
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 3 minutes 41 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Greece
  • Language:
    English, German, Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Shooting Format:
    high definition
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Documentary & short international movie awards (DSIMA)
    JaKarta, Indonesia
    December 15, 2014
    World Premiere
    Golden Award for European Documentary
  • Thessaloniki international documentary festival
    Thessaloniki, Greece
    March 13, 2015
    national premiere
  • Neisse international film festival
    Neisse, Germany
    May 8, 2015
    German premiere
  • Global Visions international film festival
    Edmonton, Canada
    May 18, 2015
    Canadian Premiere
  • San Franscisco Film awards
    San Fransisco, U.S.A
    Award of excellence (best documentary)
  • International human rights film festival (IHRFF)
    Yangon, Myanmar
    Myanmar premiere
  • International human rights film festival
    Todi, Italy
    April 10, 15
    Italian Premiere
  • Doc fest Chalkida
    Chalkida, Greece
  • Hellas filmbox Berlin
    Berlin, Germany
  • All lights India
    Kochin, India
  • Human rights film festival Jangon, Myanmar
    Jangon, Myanmar
  • Dirriti A Toddi, Human rights film festival
    Todi, Italy
  • Anarchist book fare, Canada
  • Aegean docs, Lesbos Greece
  • Aus der Nacht heraus, Berlin Germany
  • Berlin Punk Film Festival, Germany
  • Kabala anarchist Film Festival, Greece
  • Lift off January 2024
    United Kingdom
    Finalist for best feature
Director Biography - Marsia Tzivara

I am a freelance filmmaker from Athens Greece, currently based in Berlin.
I studied media and film in England, and since then, i work in the film and TV industry as director, casting director and assistant director.
During the last four years, i have a special interest in documentary films, especially of a social and political nature. Recent documentary works include:
Children of the riots (C. Gerorgiou 2011, Wittness-Al Jazeera)
Research, production manager
Recycling Medea ( A. Kutoulas, Most valuable documentary 2014 Cinema for Piece)
As.Director, casting director.
'Love, hate, dance, die: On the road with Mikis Theodorakis (A. Kutoulas, On Production)
Production Manager.
'Burning from the inside' is my first feature documentary film as director, writer and producer and i have been working on it for almost 2 years.
I am a member of the German video collective Ak-Kraak, and we produce documentaries and activist videos on current and international affairs in Germany and abroad.
I speak Greek, German, English and a bit of Spanish, and my dream is to travel around the world and capture stories of humanitarian interest.

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Director Statement

We started shooting ‘Burning from the Inside’ immediately after the announcement of the Berlin Greek society that the Nazis of Golden Dawn tried to expand in Germany. This happened in January 2013. We then felt, that it was essential for us to do something about it and show that the Greeks of diaspora are not unattached to the Greek problems. Our aim was to raise global awareness on the situation in Greece, expose the true nature of the Nazis and call for help. We had no script, no concept no story, no money. We only had the lust to protest. We formed a small team and with our own means started to shoot. At the time, we were facing the obscured situation that all the authorities and the government of Greece were under a kind of agreement with the Nazis, allowing them to spread their seed of hatred. As a result, the focus of the research was on collecting information and proof that would bring the gung of Chrisi Avgi against the law. However, during the shootings of the film and while we were very close to an end, everything changed. The vicious murder of Pavlos Fissas by members of the party changed the political scenery. Within a week, the Nazis were confronted, and their crimes were exposed. At first I thought that our ‘mission’ was completed, although we didn’t actually do something about it. In other words, for me there was no film anymore. However, looking at the footage, I realized that there was also another story here which was not yet told. The story of us, the Greek immigrants of Germany, as we experienced the situation. And this is how the film started to getting a ‘new’ shape. Filming ‘Burning from the Inside’ was not easy. Many times we had to come across dangerous situations, such as the rage of the Nazis or police violence. As we all know, whereas there is corruption, a camera is always unwelcome. However, we did it. This film means a lot to me. It reflects my agony and my feelings about my country as well as my disgust for all those who try to destroy it.