At the beginning of the film we see a new day dawning on 22 May 1966 in Marathon, Attica, Greece, from where in a short while the Peace March will begin. It is a distance of 42 kilometres to Athens and the march is a major event demanding international peace and disarmament.
It is the Fourth Marathon Peace March in Attica, while the first Marathon Peace March, led by the EDA MP Gregoris Lambrakis, took place on 21 April 1963.
Shots of assemblies of marchers follow.
The protesters gather at the Marathon Tomb and the surrounding area carrying signs and banners urging peace.
Of particular interest is the shot with Potoula Petroulas, mother of Sotiris Petroulas who had been beaten to death by the police one year before in a student protest. She greets the crowd, and we can discern her words, “I am the pained mother of Sotiris Petroulas”. She holds a wreath of red carnations. Shots of the next speaker follow.
Men and woman of all ages, babies in strollers and older people all took part in the march.