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Debtocracy (Greek: Χρεοκρατία hreokratía) is a 2011 documentary film by Katerina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou. The documentary mainly focuses on two points: the causes of the Greek debt crisis in 2010 and possible future solutions that could be given to the problem that are not currently being considered by the government of the country.

The documentary has been distributed online under a Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license since 6 April 2011, and the production said that it has no interest in any kind of commercial exploitation of the project.[1] The documentary is available in Greek and English and will be subtitled in at least 2 other languages.[2] The production claims that half a million people saw the documentary in just the first 5 days of its release.[3]

The film was followed by a book under the same title (ISBN 978-960-14-2409-5) of the same content, but enriched with articles and references. The production team of Debtocracy have said that the producers are all those individuals that donated money in order to finance the project.[4] Many important people in the socioeconomic scene participated in the documentary via interviews, including:

  • David Harvey, geographer and social theorist
  • Hugo Arias, president of the debt analysis committee of Ecuador
  • Samir Amin, economist
  • Gerard Dumenil
  • Costas Lapavitsas, economist
  • Alain Badiou, philosopher
  • Manolis Glezos, member of the Greek Resistance and left-wing politician
  • Avi Lewis, journalist and film director


British newspaper The Guardian praised the movie as "compelling" and "the best film of Marxian economic analysis yet produced".

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