Documentary screening

Register now for the free screening of "Searching for Andreas" with writer and director Harris Mylonas

September 28, 2020

Earlier this year, we were forced to postpone our free screening of the documentary "Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in the Times of Crisis," an independent film by George Washington University associate professor, Harris Mylonas.

We are pleased to announce, in collaboration with the Department of Political Science and the Edward and Emily McWhinney Professor in International Relations, that this event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30 PM PT.

The screening, an official selection of the Thessaloniki 2018 Doc Festival, will be followed by a brief discussion and an opportunity to ask questions of the writer and director, Dr. Mylonas.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 at 5:30pm


This event is free and open to the public. Register before Tuesday, October 20th, to receive a link to the webinar.

Official trailer

Film synopsis

"Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crisis" a film by Harris Mylonas

The documentary Searching for Andreas is an independent production about the pitfalls of charismatic leadership and the limits of democratic politics under the pressures of economic globalization. Charismatic leaders often build personalistic parties and undermine political institutions, while their succession is fraught with difficulties. Searching for Andreas explores peoples’ reliance on such leaders. It examines the life and legacy of one of Europe’s most controversial leaders, Andreas Papandreou. Was he a socialist reformer or a populist manipulator? Regardless of what one believes about Andreas’ politics, Greece won’t emerge from the crisis until it confronts his legacy.

Speaker bio

Harris Mylonas is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is the editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers published by Cambridge University Press for the Association for the Study of Nationalities. After completing his PhD in political science at Yale University in 2008, Mylonas was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University (2008-09 & 2011-12). He recently served as associate dean for research at the Elliott School of International Affairs (2017-18). He is the chair of the Council for European Studies’ Historical Study of States and Regimes Research Network since 2019.

Mylonas’ work contributes to our understanding of states’ management of diversity that may originate from national minorities, immigrants, diasporas, or refugees. He is particularly interested in the role of decision makers’ perceptions about foreign involvement in their domestic affairs and the impact these perceptions have on the planning and implementation of state policies. He is the author of The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2013), for which he won the 2014 European Studies Book Award by the Council for European Studies, as well as The Peter Katzenstein Book Prize  in 2013. Mylonas’ work has also been published in Perspectives on PoliticsComparative Political StudiesSecurity StudiesEuropean Journal of Political ResearchJournal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesNations and NationalismSocial Science QuarterlyNationalities PapersEthnopolitics, and various edited volumes. He is currently working on his next book tentatively titled Diaspora Management Logics where he analyzes various governmental decisions vis-à-vis different diaspora segments.  

The recent political and financial crisis in Europe, with Greece at its epicenter, occupied much of his attention in the past ten years. He published a series of op-eds in the Los Angeles TimesWashington PostForeign AffairsForeign, the GuardianNewsweek Japan, among others as well as more analytical pieces, academic articles, and chapters in edited volumes. Since 2010, he writes the annual report on developments in Greece for the European Journal of Political Research; since 2018, he contributes to the Freedom House reports on Greece and Cyprus. His documentary film Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crisis, which also deals with the deep causes of the recent financial and political crisis in Greece, premiered at the 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and won two awards at the 2019 International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra. 

For more information about the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies and its programs, please visit our Media page.

To learn more about SFU's Department of Political Science, please visit their website.

Support provided by: