THE LOST SIGNAL OF DEMOCRACY IN LONDON AND BRUSSELS

LostSignalPosterV2Eng WEB SMALLThe Lost Signal of Democracy, the new documentary by Yorgos Avgeropoulos about the "sudden death" of Greece's national broadcaster ERT last June, continues its journey to TV networks and cinema screens around the world.

 

In March, the film had its international festival premiere at One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague and its Greek premiere at the 16th Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival, where it was received with emotion and triggered intense debates.

 

Since January, the film has been broadcasted by public TV networks in Belgium, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain and Latvia.

 

Next destinations: London and Brussels.

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THE LOST SIGNAL OF DEMOCRACY IN GREECE, EUROPE AND THE WORLD

EUROPEAN FESTIVAL PREMIERE, FIRST SCREENING IN GREECE, UPCOMING BROADCASTS AROUND THE WORLD

 

The Lost Signal of Democracy Poster SmallTwo months after its European release, and after having been broadcast in seven countries, The Lost Signal of Democracy by Yorgos Avgeropoulos returns to Greece for the first time. The film will be released in Thessaloniki's theaters as part of the Official Selection of the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, which will take place from March 14 to March 23.

 

The Lost Signal of Democracy will premiere at the Olympion Theater on Wednesday the 19th of March at 18:00. It will also be screened at the Tonia Marketaki venue on Friday the 21st of March at 22:30. Both screenings will be followed by Q&A with the director.

 

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PANEL DEBATE IN VIENNA ABOUT THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICE IN EUROPE

Dialog Forum - "WHY GREECE MATTERS"

Freedom of speech, quality of media and the European horizon

Thursday, January, 30th 2014, 6:30pm.

Department of Communication Vienna, lecture hall 1
Währingerstraße 29, 1090 Wien

 

Was it a "strike again press freedom and democracy" or just necessary means to secure the national budget? The sudden closure of the former public service broadcaster ERT in Greece on June, 11th in 2013 caused vigorous reactions. Critics accused the Greek government of implementing a coup against freedom of speech, others talked about a necessary step to stop nepotism and corruption. The documentation "The Lost Signal of Democracy", airing on January 8th , 2014 in the ORF-series „Weltjournal+", reviews the background actions that caused 2.600 ERT-employees to lose their job and several radio and TV channel to be shot down. In the context of the "ORF Dialogforum", Yorgos Avgeropoulos, director of the documentation, will give insights in the background of his several months lasting work.
What impact does the closure of ERT have on the independence of Greek Media? How important are public service media for democracy in Europe? How can high-quality journalism contribute to an understanding of European policy?

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FIPA INDUSTRY: And The Best Project is... AGORA!

The documentary on the Greek financial crisis, which Yorgos Avgeropoulos has been preparing for the last 4 years, was presented in France and awarded by the commisioning editors at FIPA INDUSTRY!

At FIPA, the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs that is hosted every year in Biarritz, France, Yorgos Avgeropoulos presented his latest, ongoing documentary titled AGORA. AGORA is a four-year-long project, a feature film – documentary, which has been being filmed since the beginning of the crisis.

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"A STUNNING PLEA FOR JUSTICE"

CLIPPINGS ON THE LOST SIGNAL OF DEMOCRACY FROM BELGIUM'S PRESS

 

lostsignalposterv2red web smallThe Lost Signal of Democracy, the new documentary by Yorgos Avgeropoulos about the "sudden death" of Greece's national broadcaster ERT last June, premiered on January 8th in Belgium and Austria. The film's 52-minute TV version was broadcasted by Belgium's public television (RTBF) and Austria's public television (ORF). We quote some excerpts from press reviews in Belgium:

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THE LOST SIGNAL OF DEMOCRACY

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

DURATION: 65min (Theatrical) & 52min (TV Version)

It was an unprecedented occurrence in world history. Nowhere and never in well-governed democratic states, had the public broadcaster been silenced in such a manner that was characterized as "autocratic" and “undemocratic”.

Within five hours, on the evening of June 11, 2013, the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras turned off the switches of ERT, Greece’s public broadcaster, after 75 years of continuous operation. Both TV and radio frequencies fell silent, making screens broadcast black and the FM to buzz.

The closure of ERT was an unheard-of political act that shocked Greek citizens bringing back memories from the dark period of the dictatorship. It also caused a fierce international outrage from all around the world.

Why did the public broadcaster have to die?

TECHNICAL DATA

Original Shooting Format: HD 1080/25p / Sound: Dolby Stereo / Spoken Languages: Greek, English, French / Subtitles: English, Greek, French / Narration: Greek, French / Small Planet Productions ©2014

TV BROADCASTS

RTBF (Belgium), ORF (Austria), YLE (Finland), SBS (Australia), RTS (Switzerland), RSI (Switzerland), TG4 (Ireland), LTV (Latvia), DR (Denmark), NRK (Norway), TVC (Spain), Al Jazeera Balkans.

 
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