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by Mirko Melchiorre, Adriano Cutraro, Federico Greco


PIIGS is a documentary that challenges prevalent European budgetary policies and the austerity dogma. It does so by bringing in lesser-known facts and evidence that have the effect of ridiculing prevalent European monetary policies and dominant political certainties. Did you know that the famous god-like Stability and Growth Pact with its 3% deficit limit and theories about critical government debt levels are based on purely invented figures and typing errors in Excel spreadsheet? However, austerity policies keep on dividing the continent into winners and loosers, creating great amount of suffering, particularly in so-called crisis countries. Consequently, the whole European project has become in doubt. PIIGS is a Southern European take into austerity dogma and states with the voice of prestigious international economists, intellectuals and experts, that the origin of the European debt crisis is not the inadequacy of people in crisis countries but the very foundation of euro itself. Unfortunately people are not immune to bad decision making, and the documentary shows how austerity turns into practice in Rome, focusing on a survival story of a cooperative assisting disabled people.

international title: Piigs: Or How I Learned to Start Worrying and Fight Austerity
original title: Piigs: Ovvero come imparai a preoccuparmi e a combattere l'Austerity
country: Italy
sales agent: Berta Film
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Mirko Melchiorre, Adriano Cutraro, Federico Greco
film run: 74'
release date: IT 30/03/2017
cast: Noam Chomsky, Stephanie Kelton, Warren Mosler, Paul De Grauwe, Yanis Varoufakis, Marshall Auerback, Erri De Luca, Federico Rampini
cinematography by: Manlio Martini
film editing: Mirko Melchiorre, Adriano Cutraro, Federico Greco
music: Paolo Baglio
production: Studio Zabalik
distributor: Fil Rouge Media
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