A three-day symposium on the future of 'Eurocommunism' organised by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis opened on the island of Crete in Friday (12 August).
GV EXTERIOR: monastery in Chanea (Crete)
SV PAN INTERIOR: delegates seated.
CU: French author Claude Mancheron.
CU: Roger Garaudy
CU: French socialist leader Jacques Attali.
CU: Swedish socialist leader Ingmar Redin.
CU: Greek composer Theodorakis.
CU: singer Wolf Birmann
CU: Greek communist party leader Elias Eliou speaking.
SV: delegates seated listening (2 shots)
SV AND CU: Theodorakis and Attali greeting French socialist Francois
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Background: A three-day symposium on the future of 'Eurocommunism' organised by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis opened on the island of Crete in Friday (12 August).
SYNOPSIS: The conference started at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Chanea-- despite strong opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church which wanted the event cancelled. Thirty representatives from all over Europe gathered to discuss the targets of communism and socialism, including French author Claude Mancheron and the French philosopher Roger Garaudy.
Other personalities at the conference were Jacques Attali, a prominent member of the Socialist party in France, his counterpart in Sweden Ingmar Redin, and the conference organise, Mikis Theodorakis, composer of the music for the film Zorba the Greek. There was also German singer wolf Birmann.
But there was no doubt about the political respectability of delegates like Francois Mitterand, the leader of the French socialist party. Mitterand only narrowly failed to win the presidential elections in 1974 and attracted 13 million votes. He 's been a major political figure in France for 30 years, and the Greek government would not have been prepared to offend a man of his stature.