Rise And Shine | Greek Winter

Greek Winter

Documentary, Netherlands 2016
Crisis, Society

Documentary, The Netherlands 2016
Runtime: 65 min. / 52 min.
Director: Ingeborg Jansen
Production: Een van de Jongens


Tasos Pafralides and his sister Evdokia run a small gas station in Thessaloniki. In the wintertime, they also supply heating oil to many of the apartment buildings and houses in the city. But with the crisis ever deepening, fewer and fewer Greeks can afford to buy oil and keep themselves warm. Therefore, Tasos and Evdokia face a sharp dilemma every day: should they really refuse heating oil to people who don’t have the money, leaving them in the freezing cold?

As their customers struggle to make ends meet, Tasos and Evdokia struggle to keep their business going. While his sister patiently listen to pleas for deferred payments, Tasos chooses not to let any feelings get in the way. A warm hearted documentary that goes far beyond the Greek crisis: How warm or cold can relationships between people become when a deep crisis forces everyone to fend for themselves?


IDFA 2016 – Dutch competition, DocPoint Helsinki, Göteborg IFF, Thessaloniki Doc, Dok.Fest Munich, AFI DOCS