Freedom Besieged – Calgary Screening

The Hellenic Initiative of Canada
and The Hellenic Community of Calgary
proudly present the screening of Freedom Besieged
with special guest Olympic medalist legend Pyrros Dimas

October 2, 2019, Wednesday
Calgary Hellenic Banquet Hall
6:00 pm – Doors Open
6:20 pm – Screening
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Q&A and Panel Discussion, Reception

Q&A and panel discussion featuring: Film Director Mr. Panos Yiannitsos and Four-Time Olympic medalist in weightlifting, Pyrros Dimas. The discussion will be moderated by Ms. Katerina Sokou, Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council, and Washington DC Correspondent, KATHIMERINI Greek Daily and SKAI TV.


Proceeds of the event will go towards supporting THI Canada’s work with partner charity SOS Children’s Villages Greece Babies Home






Wikipedia Biography

SOS Children’s Villages Greece – Babies Home in Athens provides children in need with a caring, loving and secure family environment where all their needs of food, health, shelter and education are met.

Their efforts are made possible by the generosity of donors all over the world including Canada. All contributions, large or small, one time or monthly, go towards helping them make a difference to children’s lives.

With your help, children who have lost everything get everything they need to have a normal childhood in a loving home.

Pyrros Dimas is widely regarded as the greatest Weightlifting athlete of all-time, winning Olympic Gold for Greece in 1992, 1996 and 2000 and a Bronze medal in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Dimas is the most decorated Weightlifting athlete in history, holding 4 Olympic medals, 3 World Titles and a European Championship, and setting 11 World Records along the way. Currently the technical director of USA Weightlifting, (involved in international strategy, youth development, coaching education, performance strategy and talent identification), Dimas has also been a member of the Greek Parliament and is a member of the IWF Executive Board, while remaining heavily involved with the Greek Weightlifting Federation and acting in the role of Head Coach for Greek athletes at international competitions.


“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.



We Thank Our Sponsors For Their Support


Sam Kolias Boardwalk

Kalamata Grocery

The Hellenic Seniors Society of Calgary

AHEPA Calgary

Philoptochos Association

Cretan Society

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