So 17.4. 18:30: Occupy, resist, produce! VIO. ME.: A self-organized factory in Greece
(This event is organized by a group of Greeks living in Zurich.)
The workers of VIO.ME., originally a building materials factory in Thessaloniki, Greece, which was abandoned by its owners, are unpaid since May 2011. After a year-long struggle that has attracted attention and solidarity in Greece and worldwide, they decided in their general assembly in February 2013 to occupy the factory and operate it themselves under direct democratic workers' control without any form of hierarchy. Production of a line of cleaning products was kick-started on February 12, 2013.
In his observational documentary "Next Stop: Utopia", filmmaker Apostolos Karakasis records the adventures of the occupation during two and a half years, focusing on the transition in people's way of thinking towards a world without central authority, a world based on solidarity. The film also juxtaposes the side of the former employers.
Following the film's screening, we will discuss with Makis Anagnostou, VIO.ME. worker, about the constant struggle for self-organization in production and in society.