Freedom Besieged Toronto

January 17, 2019


Thursday, January 17, 2019
Isabel Bader Theatre Toronto
6:30 pm – Movie Premiere
8:00 pm – Feature Panel Discussion, Q&A
Event Program



“Freedom Besieged” is a feature length documentary film concerning the current economic and political climate of Greece amidst what has been described as “one of the greatest economic collapses in human history”. The film uniquely documents the lives of young Greeks and community leaders searching for hope and identity amidst the doom-and-gloom messaging of what is known by many, simply, as “The Crisis”.

“Freedom Besieged” is a call to come together to help write a new chapter for Greece. The featured speakers in “Freedom Besieged” include Noam Chomsky, World-renowned intellectual, Michael Dukakis, Former US Presidential Nominee & Governor, Pyrros Dimas, Four-time Olympic medalist, Giorgos Karagounis, Greek football legend and many others that will enlighten us on the work that needs to be done on the ground in Greece – and what we, too, can do to help make a real difference.

“Freedom Besieged” promises to be an engaging program that will raise awareness and elicit support for The Hellenic Initiative Canada’s efforts focused on crisis relief, promote health and economic development within Greece.

Following the screening there will be a discussion panel with the participation of the film Director Mr. Panos Yiannitsos, Mr. Robert Peck, Former Ambassador of Canada to the Hellenic Republic and Honorary Director of The Hellenic Initiative Canada, Mr. John Karkalatos, basketball coach featured in the film, Mr. Vasileios Tsianos, Chair of New Leaders THI Canada section and Ms. Katerina Sokou, Visiting Scholar, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW and Washington DC Correspondent, KATHIMERINI Greek Daily and SKAI TV. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Spyridon Kotsovilis, Political Science at the University of Toronto. All attendees will be able to engage in a discussion regarding all the issues raised in the movie.

More information on the movie in PDF format:

The Hellenic Initiative Canada aims at harnessing the strength and resources of the Hellenic diaspora for the benefit of Greece and its people.

More than 1,000 business and community leaders are expected to attend the screening events nationally, with the premier event to be held at the Bader Theatre in Toronto on Thursday, 17 January 2019.

Greece is a nation that has given much to the modern world. And yet, Greece has become a country commonly defined by the economic challenges it has faced. The Greek people, and the Greek ideal, deserve better and we, as members of the Hellenic diaspora, or simply as philhellenes, can play our part.

Individual tickets start at $25. All earnings of the screening of this film will be sent to supported charities in Greece.

Thank you for your support.

Oli Mazi

John Sotos Alexander Georgiadis

The Hellenic Initiative Canada / Co – Presidents

The Hellenic Initiative Canada aims at harnessing the strength and resources of the Hellenic diaspora for the benefit of Greece and its people.


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