The documentary Searching for Andreas is an independent production about the pitfalls of charismatic leadership and the limits of democratic politics under economic globalization. Charismatic leaders build personalistic parties and undermine political institutions, while their succession is fraught with difficulties. Searching for Andreas explores peoples’ reliance on such leaders. In particular, we examine the life and legacy of one of Europe’s most controversial leaders, Andreas G. Papandreou. Was he a socialist reformer or a populist manipulator?