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Gender ARC Public Lectures UL Spring 2014 – film screening and lecture from Zoe Mavroudi

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Administrator

Date: Monday 24 February, 2014

Time: 17.30-19.30

Venue: Kemmy Business School, KBG12

Speaker: Zoe Mavroudi


Film-maker Zoe Mavroudi will introduce and screen her film RUINS: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt(2013) 53 min


RUINS is a documentary about the shocking persecution and public shaming of HIV-positive women in Greece, in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections. It tells the story of the criminalization of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Greek police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media.

The case received great publicity in Greece and caused an international outcry. However no political figures or media opinion-makers were held accountable. RUINS addresses this grim moment in Greek democracy; it includes exclusive interviews with two of the HIV-positive women and two of their mothers, as well as interviews with doctors, lawyers, journalists, academics and activists, who campaigned for their release.

The documentary is directed by Zoe Mavroudi. Zoe’s theatre work has been produced in the US and in Europe. Her screenplays have won awards and honors at international festivals and contests, such as the Berlin Film Festival 2013 and the Evolution International Film Festival 2012. Her award-winning screenplay Safeword is currently under option in the US.  For the London run of her solo play Beauty is Prison-Time she received three Off West End Theatre Award nominations in 2011, including for most promising new playwright and best female performance. RUINS is her directorial debut. The documentary was funded by Union Solidarity International and Unite the Union.