The documentary dramatizes the recruiting and training of a young men into the Greek police during the 1967-1974 military junta rule. Seemingly decent young men are selected based on traits...
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The documentary dramatizes the recruiting and training of a young men into the Greek police during the 1967-1974 military junta rule. Seemingly decent young men are selected based on traits viewed as exploitable by the recruiters : illiterate, anti-communist, young and male. The film interviews Michailis Petrou, one of the Greek policeman involved in the tortures who agreed to testify against his peers in exchange for a reduced sentence. Petrou's testimony reveals that the training methods themselves were brutal and often torturous and was viewed as a necessity to ensure the robotic and brutal obedience of the trainees. During the dramatic reenactments of the training camps, the directors draw parallels to modern military boot camps and the methods used in the training of soldiers.Written by
The film made 3 years after the Greek military dictatorship's fall, after the dramatic events of the "Athens Polytechnic School" Uprising - and the bloodbath end of it, in the early morning hours of Saturday 17th November 1973...
...Therefore, the film is very emotional, very "hard" to watch it - especially if you are Greek and mostly if you WAS BORN during the Greek military dictatorship and you had knowledge (from known mates, friends, neighbors they had been tortured by the Greek junta). The film demonstrates, the cruel and inhuman ways, that the Greek Military Police were training the "newbies" troops, to become the next wave of the "ESA-tzides" ("Military-Policemen") - from the words "Elleniki Stratiotiki Astynomia" ("Hellenic Military Police"). Truly, even if the directing of the film is not the very best it could, even if the "photography" of the film isn't so great (remember, Greek cinema, at it's "born" of it, around '70s), the film is absolutely amazing!!! VERY-VERY REALISTIC, very-very real - if you search a bit, there are former-torturers' statements in law-court, saying EXACTLY these things you're watching in the film...
...This film is like a Greek version of the movie "Midnight Express".
I'm giving "8", because the average quality of the production, the picture, etc. Otherwise, is a "10-gem".
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