Toxic Crisis is a much praised documentary in Greek film festivals directed by filmmaker, researcher and environmentalist Omiros Evangelinos. The director from Mykonos decided to produce a film about the environmental crisis in Greece which he said it has been overlooked because of attention paid to the country’s crushing economic woes.
As Evangelinos told the Greek Reporter, his main focus is to present the waste management problem in Greece and the poisoning of vast communities with dangerous toxic substances released in waters and urban waste, such as in the case of the Asopos River that has become a cheap waste solution for numerous industries.
The lack of energy planning and alternative energy investment missteps, the foul Greek waste treatment, secret deals involving the import of dangerous chemical waste from Naples in Italy for burning in Greek facilities and the contamination of the Asopos are some of the points underlined in the feature.
All the issues were researched and analyzed by scientists, each with experience and who have dedicated their lives to investigating these matters. The documentary hopes to raise public awareness and put pressure on authorities to stop the pollution and bring the country into a more sustainable future before it is too late.
“Before doing films I was an environmentalist and the reason I started making films was to use the power of exposure in order to change attitudes and common practices. Unfortunately, I realize day by day that this is going to take a very long time, people and nature will continue paying the prize of being blinded and self centered on the point of realizing it, only when its too late,” said Evangelinos.
He said that despite of the exposure that all these crucial issues have had in the past, the hazardous methods and practices are still followed and nothing is being done to protect public health and the environment in Greece. “Participants in my film include some of the top scientists of Greece on dangerous chemicals and waste management and some of the victims of these crimes, each one of them telling their own story,” said about the film.
The documentary received good reviews in the 2012 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and one of the highest audience ratings. The documentary was also presented with the George Cologis Award at the Halkida Film Festival and will now participate in the FIFE 1 Environmental Festival in Paris.