Over the past few years, economic instability and various human rights crises have given rise to far right nationalist groups. These organizations have inched toward the mainstream, hiding their ideologies, often based on hate, beneath the facade of everyman normalcy. Now, the upcoming documentary “Golden Dawn Girls” goes inside the families of extreme nationalist leaders, providing a provocative political portrait.
Directed by Håvard Bustnes, the film gains remarkable access to the inner lives of members of the far-right group Golden Dawn, and exposes the reality behind their carefully crafted public image. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Whatever has happened to Greece?” wonders filmmaker Håvard Bustnes out loud at the start of this disturbing documentary. In recent years, its image as a country of sunny beaches and friendly people has been overshadowed by political ideologies that are terrifyingly close to Nazism. With many prominent members of the far-right Golden Dawn party now behind bars, a daughter, a wife and a mother continue to propagate its message—and all three of them are seasoned enough to avoid any slips of the tongue during interviews. But while they regularly stop the interview to make sure it went as they want, Bustnes just leaves the camera running. The resulting material, supplemented with archive footage that leaves no room for doubt about the depraved side of this political party, reveals an ever-widening gulf between clear facts and political image-making. While it’s frustrating that the women are so unbending in their views, it does illustrate how wearing blinders can derail an entire society.
“Golden Dawn Girls” makes its World Premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam which runs from November 15th to 26th.