Hot Docs review: Golden Dawn Girls

GOLDEN DAWN GIRLS (Havard Bustnes, Norway, Denmark, Finland). 92 minutes. Rating: NNNIn Greece, as the countrys economy continues to tank.


GOLDEN DAWN GIRLS (Havard Bustnes, Norway, Denmark, Finland). 92 minutes. Rating: NNN

In Greece, as the countrys economy continues to tank and hostility to the European Union escalates, the extremist right-wing political party Golden Dawn finds a foothold. When Havard Bustnes begins filming female supporters, including the daughter of party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos, they are happy to stay in the background as regular housewives, but when Michaloliakos and his henchman are arrested on suspicion of forming a criminal organization these women emerge as impressive leaders.

Bustnes inserts himself into the film, sometimes getting in the way of the action. And his line of questioning to the women gets repetitive. But he exposes the partys Nazi sympathies and fascist agenda their supporters feel humiliated by the IOC the way Germans felt debased in the aftermath of the First World War and those tiki torches are truly terrifying.

May 1, 8:30 pm and May 3, 12:45 pm, Scotiabank 3 May 6, 12:45 pm, TIFF 2

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