Disclaimer: I received this movie for free in exchange for my review and my honest opinion, I have not been compensated in any way.
A tattoo artist, his racist friend and a Syrian refugee collide in an Athens neighborhood, AMERIKA SQUARE, Yannis Sakaridis’ contemporary drama. An incredibly timely story of the opposing forces facing today’s humanitarian crises, the film that Greece selected at their “Best International Film” submission for the 90th Academy Awards and is based on the novel by Yannis Tsirbas, will be available on DVD/digital this September.
Nakos (Makis Papadimitriou), an unemployed inhabitant of the small neighborhood of Amerika Square and, has had enough of the thousands of refugees in his neighborhood. Much of his frustration stems from his inability to do anything about Athens new demographics, a situation he spends most of his time brooding over instead of undertaking measures to address the bigger problem at hand – his dead-end life. Nakos’ only confidante is his childhood friend, Billy (Yannis Stankoglou), who doesn’t share his friend’s limited worldview and believes welcoming refugees is the correct response to the crisis of people fleeing war.
While Nakos works a sinister plan to eliminate these illegals, Billy seizes upon an opportunity to help two migrants escape from Athens: Tereza, a beautiful African singer with whom he falls in love; the other, Tarek, a weary Syrian ex-military doctor escaping the war in Aleppo and trying desperately to reunite with his 9 year-old daughter who has been smuggled to Germany ahead of him.