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AGORA - Poster

The Agora (Αγορά) was a central area in Ancient Greece city-states. It was a gathering place, an assembly of active citizens, and the City centre for political, economical, athletic, artistic and spiritual life. It was the heart of Democracy. In Modern Greece, the word Agora has lost its initial sense and it has come to denote solely the place and act of commercial transactions. It is a dominant word in the reality experienced today by Greeks, as the country goes through an economical vortex that devours human lives in its path.

Greece, a symbol for the European civilization because of its Ancient heritage, is experiencing conditions in post-war history that no European thought would face again. Homeless people, soup kitchens, unemployment, poverty, an unsettled social situation, violent conflicts and the rise of the extreme-right. The dream of prosperity has turned into a nightmare and the political scene of the last four decades is crumbling.

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, an internationally acclaimed Greek documentary filmmaker, witnesses the fall. After 13 years of ongoing reporting and documenting global issues around the world, he urgently turns his camera towards his homeland. He records the development of the crisis from its early stage, while tracing its impact on the lives of simple people from all social classes whom he observes over time. He witnesses popular protests in the streets, the development of solidarity movements as well as the rise of fascism, while at the same time he seeks answers from his country’s most significant political personalities, from insiders, analysts and key decision makers from the international political scene.

FACTS ABOUT AGORA

Versions: 1 X 120 min / 1 X 90 min / 2 X 48 min / 2 X 52 min
Production Period: April 2010 - September 2014
Co-Producers (in alphabetical order): ΑJA (Al Jazeera Arabic), WDR (Germany)

 

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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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DURATION: 55 min.

Have you ever asked yourself where does the fish you eat come from? If you had, you would be controlling a huge pirate industry which commits a crime in your dish! The ever-rising demand for fish in the international market has driven European and Asian fishing fleets towards the coasts of West Africa. Hundreds of industrial pirate ships are fishing illegally in the territorial waters of the nations of the area, devastating all forms of life in the ocean and condemning millions of Africans to poverty and hunger.  "Stealing from the Poor" was filmed in Senegal, where pirate fishing perpetrated by huge industrial vessels belonging to developed countries is depriving the inhabitants of this West African country of their main source of subsistence.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by: Georgia Anagnou / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photograrphy: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2010 – 2011

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 720p25 / Languages: Greek, Bengali, English, Wolof, Chinese / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

AWARDS

BEST FOREIGN FILM / IX International Maritime & Adventure Film Festival - THE SEA CALLS / Saint Petersburg, Russia / April 2012

CROCEVIA AWARD / Festival delle Terre - 10th edition / Rome, Italy / May 2013

 
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DURATION: 60 min.

Can you imagine a water market? A market where owners of water stock would buy and sell, while others would profit on its price without needing it? What would life be like if all of the planet’s water resources, superficial or subterranean, the waters of rivers, lakes and glaciers, belonged to the private sector?

‘Life For Sale’ examines the biggest water market in the world, set up in Chile. Where the country’s water resources do not belong to the state but to private individuals and one company can own an entire river and possess a quantity of water as big as Belgium. A place where water has turned from a public good of life to property and a ‘water right’ can cost as much as a house. Even in the Atacama desert, which is considered the driest place on the planet, the mining companies – big owners of Chile’s longest river, the Rio Loa – draw immense quantities and use valuable water to wash metals, thus condemning thousands of natives and farmers’ villages to thirst and poverty.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Manolis Filaktidis & Georgia Anagnou/ Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2009 – 2010

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 1080p / Languages: Greek, Spanish / Subtitles: Greek, English, French, Spanish / Available Versions: Greek, English, French, Spanish, International

AWARDS

  • FIRST PRIZE AS THE BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY / 13th Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival / Turin, Italy / June 2010
  • FIRST PRIZE, “Environment and Sustainable Development section” / 6th edition of the Latin-American Independent Film and Documentary Festival / Mexico City / April 2010
  • PRÉMIO ÁGUA from Júri Internacional / Cine'Eco 2010 - Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video de Ambiente / Seia, Portugal / October 2010
  • 2nd AUDIENCE AWARD - CI(NE)MAMERICHE, Film festival della migrazione e del gusto, November 30 - December 8, 2011 - Levante, Italy
  • MENÇÕES HONROSAS from Júri da Juventude / Cine'Eco 2010 - Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video de Ambiente / Seia, Portugal, October 2010
  • SPECIAL MENTION / FINCA - 1er Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental / City of Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina / October 2010
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DURATION: 49 min.

August 2008, two small greek fishing boats broke the naval siege, illegally laid by the state of Israel on Gaza, for the first time after 41 years.

“Gaza We Are Coming” records the historic and risky journey of 44 activists from all over the world, who, by breaking the embargo, proved that history is often made by those that the wise and prudent determinists call ‘unreal’.

MAIN CREDITS

Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Yiannis Karipidis / Script: Nikolas Zirganos / Produced by: Nasim Alatras / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos, Yorgos Alexopoulos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris/Anna Prokou / Sound: Kostas Katalimatias / Original Music by: Yiannis Paxevanis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / Assistant Journalist: Ahilleas Kouremenos / Cooperating Journalists: Petros Yiotis, Aggelos Athanasopoulos / A Small Planet production for Al Jazeera Satellite Network © 2009

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 720p25 / Languages: Greek, Arabic, English / Subtitles: Greek, English, French / Available Versions: Greek, English, French, International

AWARDS

  • BEST DIRECTION PRIZE / 12th Pyongyang International Film Festival / Pyongyang - North Korea / September 2010
  • BEST GREEK FILM WITH DURATION OVER 45 MINUTES / 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival / Thessaloniki, Greece / March 2010
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY / Patras International Film & Culture Festival - 12th Panorama / Patras – Greece / October 2010
  • BEST PACIFIST FILM / Patras International Film & Culture Festival - 12th Panorama / Patras – Greece / October 2010
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DURATION: 55 min.

"Love hurts three times - when they cut you, when you marry and when you give birth"

Old African saying.

Excision is an ancient custom that survives to this day. An excruciating operation on the female body, which is mainly encountered in African countries. Across the world, 140.000 girls and women have already suffered genital mutilation (FGM). Six girls are being mutilated every passing moment. In Mali the percentage of sexually mutilated women reaches up to 85%!

Little girls that are being kept captive by tradition and superstition are being submitted to the cruel custom in a defenseless manner, experiencing awful consequences throughout their life. Both the government and activist organizations in Mali are struggling against the practice these past few years. Will they be able to beat a deeply rooted tradition?

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou / Director of Photography:Yorgos Alexopoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri /Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Editing by Yiannis Biliris & Anna Prokou / Website Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet Production for  Greek Public Television  ERT © 2008-2009

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 720p25 / Languages: Greek, Bambara, French / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

AWARDS

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY/ Patras International Film & Culture Festival - 11th Panorama / International Film Festival / Patras, Greece / October 2009
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DURATION: 54 min.

"Control oil and you control nations. Control food and you control the people!"

Henry Kissinger 1974

A handful of multinational companies have managed to control the "heart" of the food we put on our table everyday: The very seed and, therefore, global agricultural production. Brokers in the developed world gamble with food, raising and lowering prices, playing with the fundamental right of millions of people to access food. Meanwhile, almost a billion people on this planet are undernourished and 25,000 die of hunger each day. Could it be that the Earth can no longer feed its population?

The evidence proves otherwise! The food crisis, as it will go down in history, occurs at a time when the planet is producing more food than ever. Filmed in India and the USA, "Dying in abundance" unfolds the absurd before our eyes, the interconnections of a system in which, while there is enough food, it is so expensive the poor cannot afford it.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Dinesh Lal / Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Editors: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Website Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2008 - 2009

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: SD PAL 576i / Aspect Ratio: 16:9 PAL / Languages: Greek, Hindi, English / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

AWARDS

  • PRÉMIO EDUCAÇÃO AMBIENTAL / Cine Eco / 15th International Environmental Film and Video Festival / Seia, Portugal / October 2009
  • SECOND MENTION PRIZE / XII Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos / Buenos Aires, Argentina / May 2010
  • MENÇÃO HONROSA (Melhor Média-Metragem) / Xi Festival Internacional De Cinema E Vídeo Ambiental (FICA ) / Goias, Brazil / June 2009
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DURATION: 62 min.

In the virgin tropical forests of the Amazon, the region with the richest biodiversity in the world, an unspeakable crime has been and is still being committed against humankind. Texaco is accused of dumping 18.5 billion gallons of toxic oil waste into the Ecuadorian Amazonia. Petroecuador, the state oil company, is accused of causing hundreds of oils spills into the jungle.

Ancient native populations are considered invisible and expendable, victims of the oil companies' easy profiteering. They are disappearing on a massive scale, as pollution kills the animals they hunt and causes illnesses until recently unknown to them, such as cancer.

This documentary - the second by Yorgos Avgeropoulos on the same subject, following multi-awarded "Delta - Oil's Dirty Business" - is dedicated to the Tetetes and Sansahuari people. Their voices were silenced forever at the dawn of the 21st century on account of the region"s "development".

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos /Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Associated Producer: Manolis Filaktidis / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Website Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet Production for  Greek Public Television ERT © 2008 - 2009

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 720p25 / Languages: Greek, Spanish, English / Subtitles: Greek, English, French / Available Versions: Greek, English, French, International

AWARDS

  • BEST FILM AWARD ROBERTO FARIAS / 4th International Social-Environmental Film Festival of Nova Friburgo / Río de Janeiro, Brazil / December 2010
  • YOUNG EUROPEANS JURY PRIZE / Festival International des Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) / Biarritz, France / January 2009
  • SPECIAL MENTION / 8th International Paris International Film Festival on Human Rights (FIFDH) / Paris, France / March 2010
  • STUDENT JURY’S PRIX SPÉCIAL / 8th edition of the Paris International Film Festival on Human Rights (FIFDH) / Paris, France / March 2010
  • SECOND MENTION AT ENVIRONMENT SECTION / 11th International Film Festival on Human Rights DerHumALC / Buenos Aires, Argentina / June 2009
  • FIRST PRIZE IN SECTION “DENY LOCATION” / 7th Ischia Film Festival / Ichia, Italy / July 2009
  • FIRST PRIZE / 6th International Festival of Maritime and Adventure / St. Petersburg, Russia / April 2009
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DURATION: 57 min.

The Arctic Ocean spreads across 14 million square kilometers and conceals 25% of the global oil and natural gas reserves. As the ices melt, bays, marine areas and islands that had been long forgotten suddenly find themselves in the spotlight of the international agenda.

Five arctic states, Russia, Canada, Norway, Denmark and the US, lay claim to a piece of the Arctic Pole and, of course, to the largest share of the treasure. This is a new-age western film on the Wild North, which explores the economic and geostrategic facts of the Great Arctic Game that has just begun.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Recearch by Georgia Anagnou / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Meletis Pongkas / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Fixing: Anton Verstakov / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2007 – 2008

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 1080p25 / Languages: Greek, Norwegian, Russian, English / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

AWARDS

  • BEST PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE / 5th International Film Festival / St. Petersburg, Russia / April 2008
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49_WORDS_FOR_SNOW

DURATION: 63 min.

The planet is suffering from high fever and its thermometer can be found in Greenland. In this vast land of ice which is now melting at a great speed (248 cubic kilometres of snow each year) all that we hear on the news and read about in the newspapers constitutes the everyday life of its few inhabitants.

The Inuit, better known to us as Eskimos, watch helpless as their life changes dramatically and their Arctic civilization receives what is probably the worst blow in its centuries long, frozen history. Traditionally hunters and fishermen, they watch as their pray disappears and their moving about becomes more and more dangerous due to the fragile ice and the unexpected weather changes.

The creators of this penetrating documentary spent weeks in isolated communities in Greenland, recording the life of the native Inuit. They also present new climate research results, more pessimistic than ever, while uncovering the new and regrettable “el dorado” of oil companies who are preparing to drill for black gold in the planet’s most vulnerable area.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Mathew Tsimitakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Meletis Pongkas / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2007 – 2008

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 1080p25 / Languages: Greek, Greenlandic, English / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

AWARDS

  • BEST FOREIGN FILM PRIZE / 5th International Film Festival / St. Petersburg, Russia / April 2008
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