Being Greek: animated video tackles 'international image crisis'

Article published on Nov. 26, 2012
Article published on Nov. 26, 2012

'C' stands for 'crisis' but also for 'creativity' in this two-minute video from the Omikron project, which was released on 9 November. The name for the young group of Greek 'guys and girls' tackling this 'global' problem was inspired by their local cafe near the central Syntagma Square. In this animated meandering on their international image crisis, the architects, translators, graphists, immigrants and asylum-seekers behind Omikron tell the story of Alex, a calm young man, and how he is stripped of every stereotype a Greek is usually lauded with. Alex likes bikes and takes sugar in his coffee, but if he were Greek, the English voice narrates that he would also be someone who is violent, impolite, fraudulent, racist and who still lives with his mamma. As the folks behind Omikron put it, sometimes rumours about Greeks are in fact thinly veiled wishes of how people think it should be like