Fighting Through the Night
Documentary Long Format
Director: Sylvain L’Espérance
Greece has all but disappeared from current affairs. Yet the precarious situation for the people in this country is as real as ever; the health system is teetering on the brink of collapse and the austerity measures have
rendered people immobile. Sylvain Esperance’s long-term observational film is a poetic, combative work; in it he observes: a revolt on the part of powerless cleaners, a group of dock workers analysing a new kind of fascism, the commitment of the doctors working in a clinic financed by donations, but also the despair of refugees who often find themselves in more precarious situations than those they sought to flee.
Filmed over the course of two years, FIGHTING THROUGH THE NIGHT is a long journey to the heart of Greece today. In this country thrown into torment by a totalitarian economy, institutional violence is met with stubborn resistance. Driven by both complementary and dissonant energies, the film is suffused with a desire for freedom and the rebellious power of the people it brings together. Whether they are native Athenians, Syrian or Afghan refugees, cleaning women or unemployed longshoremen, volunteer doctors or the homeless, all these men and women, all their stories, respond to each other and weave unexpected connections.