The documentary about the Sarantaporo.gr wireless community network has been published online. The documentary has been shot over the last 3 years in the Greater Sarantaporo area by Personal Cinema with the support of Sarantaporo.gr and crowd funding through a crowdfunding campaign on the Goteo platform involving 88 people from Greece and abroad.
About the documentary:
"Sarantaporo is a mountain village in northern Greece, in the municipality of Elassona. It is a region with a farm economy that was not left unaffected by the crisis. Even before that, however, state responsibility for the area was lacking. Youth were fleeting to major urban centers or abroad, there was no internet access and locals were experiencing isolation but also exclusion from basic services such as healthcare. In 2010, a group of people developed the infrastructure of a community wireless network with the aim both connecting the villages of the area with each other and with the rest of the world. However, as the project matures over time, the community of the Sarantaporo.gr network is further targeteing. They want to be the catalyst for locals to reorganize cooperatives based on the community network, revitalize the local economy by making it sustainable, more extroverted and independent of state or corporate control. They hope to bridge state-of-the-art technologies (such as that of a wireless network) with the real, everyday challenges of a provincial community whose economy is based on the primary sector.
What are these challenges? How is a community born and how are pre-existing social structures affected during this process? What are the stories of people involved in this process one way or another? What can a project in a small provincial population, in a remote area of ??crisis-hit Greece, have to do with an ICT (Information & Communication Technology) project at the University of Catalonia and in the wider context of trying to create a new one common ground for the people of Europe? These are some of the questions the documentary goes through."
This documentary is available with Creative Commons license, you can view it online or download it to view in your neighborhood / area.
Reference to the creators and those involved in crowdfunding is available here
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