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Dogs of Democracy is a documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them.  Filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs and peoples' experience.  Shot on location in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary is about how Greece has become the ‘stray dogs of Europe’, and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti-austerity movement.  A universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals.


“ A powerful film narrative, the stray dogs of central Athens are transformed from mere symbols of a peculiar freedom to witnesses of a heart-wrenching human crisis.”

                                                - Yanis Varoufakis, Greek economist, Academic and Politician


Best Documentary – 2017 Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival, Brooklyn NY

Spirit of Activism Award, Nevada Women’s Film Festival

Impact Documentary Award

Spotlight Documentary Award

Shortlisted Telling Tales International Film and Audio Festival



Ethnografilm, Paris

Docutah Film Festival, US

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

London Greek Film Festival

New York City Greek Film Festival

Nevada Women’s Festival, US

Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto

Gdansk Film Festival, Poland.

Iepetrea International Documentary Film Festival

New Hope Film Festival, US

Telling Tales International Film and Audio Festival, Manchester

Lady’s First International Film Festival, Ireland

Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle

Imagine This Festival, Brooklyn

Dogs Film Festival, New York

Greek Film Festival Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane

Peloponnisos Documentary Film Festival

Oz Dox

Marrickville Library

Greek Film Archive, Athens

Greek Local Syriza Meeting, Athens

Hellenic Union of Southern California, Martin Luther King Jr Auditorium, Santa Monica


Mary Zournazi is an Australian author, philosopher, and filmmaker.  She wrote, directed and filmed Dogs of Democracy (2016), which is an essay style documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them. She is the author of several books including Hope - New Philosophies for Change and Inventing Peace with the German filmmaker Wim Wenders. She teaches in the sociology program at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Catalog # EPF16011; ISBN 978-1-933724-51-5, NTSC,
57 Minutes; Copyright 2016; English

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