International Women’s Day 2014 Newcastle premiére of Ruins – FREE EVENT


As part of Northumbria University’s contribution to IWD2014, we are very pleased to host the screening of an important new film which tells the story of the persecution of HIV-positive women in Greece.

Time: 1.30, to include introduction by Zoe Mavroudi (Director), screening and Q/A

Place: Lipman Building, Room 031 (ground floor, off foyer)

Date: Saturday 8 March 2014

“RUINS is a documentary about a shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece when a group of HIV-positive women were detained by the Hellenic Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their faces and personal data were published in the media in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections. The persecution and public shaming of HIV-positive women received considerable publicity in Greece and caused an international outcry. However, no political figures or media opinion-makers were made accountable. RUINS exposes the truth behind this grim moment in Greek democracy.

Executive producer Theodora Oikonomides states: “This story must receive the attention it deserves. The blatant breaches of human rights by the Greek state and the mass media against these HIV-positive women, as well as all those who, directly or indirectly, were affected by their persecution, epitomize the many failures of democracy in Greece during the crisis.”

RUINS includes exclusive interviews with two of the HIV-positive women and two of their mothers, as well as interviews with doctors, lawyers, journalists, academics and activists, who campaigned for their release.

The documentary is directed by Zoe Mavroudi. Zoe’s theatre work has been produced in the US and in Europe. Her screenplays have won awards and honours at international festivals and contests, such as the Berlin Film Festival 2013 and the Evolution International Film Festival 2012. For the London run of her solo play Beauty is Prison-Time she received three Off West End Theatre Award nominations in 2011, including for most promising new playwright and best female performance. RUINS is her directorial debut.”

The documentary was funded by Union Solidarity International and Unite the Union.

For further information, contact Karen Ross –; 07798 884110

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