Dramatised Documentary Feature film
Duration: 83mins
Director: Nikos Dayandas
Producer: Leonidas Liambeys
Year: 2022
Producers: National Reasearch Foundation “Eleftetherios K. Venizelos”, ERT & Long Run Productions

“Venizelos: The Struggle for Asia Minor” is an award-winning documentary that vividly chronicles the life and political career of Eleftherios Venizelos, one of Greece’s most influential statesmen of the modern era. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Greece’s pivotal decade from the Balkan Wars to World War I, encompassing the national schism and the Asia Minor disaster, the film delves into the formidable challenges he confronted and the decisive role he played in shaping Greece’s destiny, notably at the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923.

Through a seamless blend of cinematic re-enactments, rare archival footage, and interviews with global experts, the documentary offers an immersive experience, allowing viewers to bear witness to Venizelos’ journey through moments of both triumph and adversity.

Venizelos stands out as a remarkable figure at the turn of the 20th century, he possessed the rare ability to act decisively and provide a clear vision for his country. While opinions may vary on whether he truly deserves Winston Churchill’s accolade as “the greatest Greek since Pericles,” there is no overstating his instrumental role in shaping the trajectory of Greece and the broader region for the ensuing century.

This documentary presents a groundbreaking exploration of Venizelos’ enduring legacy, rendering his story accessible to a contemporary audience. By shedding fresh light on this statesman’s achievements amid monumental international upheavals, the film offers a new perspective on a pivotal period in Greek history, the echoes of which continue to reverberate to this day.

Coproduced with the National Research Institute “Eleftherios K. Venizelos” and ERT

Long Run Productions with the support of the

Los Angeles Audience Documentary Festival
London Greek Festival
Australian Greek Film Festival
Montreal Greek Film Festival
Houston Greek Festival