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Forbidden Sea: The Wrecks of Elefsina

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Elefsina has been massively industrialized. Its factories and shipyards have attracted people to the area in pursuit of labor. As a consequence of industrial activity, the sea and the town's surroundings have been heavily polluted.

Today, many of the businesses that operate in the area are facing financial problems and their future --along with the future of their employees-- remains uncertain.

The people of Elefsina give their own testimony of the town's history, its beauty and its wounds, and bear witness to its environmental demise. Elefsina is a town located about 18 km. northwest from the center of Athens. It has been well known since ancient times as the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Perhaps the most sacred religious ritual in ancient Greece, this mystical rite of passage celebrated the death and rebirth of nature as the coming and going of the seasons, and connected it with the myth of goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone.


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