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DOCUMENTARIES BY TOPIC ENVIRONMENT
Environment

DURATION: 57 min.

The exploitation of the country’s mineral wealth is projected as the most reasonable solution to deal with the economic crisis that plagues Greece. The Greek state has ceded its mining rights over 31.700 ha of land in northern Halkidiki, a region rich in gold, copper and other metals, to the Canadian multinational company Eldorado Gold. However, many of the region’s inhabitants, who have been resisting the construction of a goldmine for years, claim that this investment will cause irreparable damage to the environment and the benefits will be fewer than the losses.

“Cassandra’s Treasure” presents a detailed picture of the modern Greek state before and during the crisis period.

MAIN CREDITS

Written and Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos, Theofilos Dadis / Editing: Vasilis Magos, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Singing by Savina Yannatou / A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ERT ©2011-2012

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 1080p25 / Sound: Dolby Stereo / Languages: Greek / Subtitles: English

 
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DURATION: 60 min.

When the Spanish conquistadors reached Colombia in the 16th century, they thought they had found the mythical El Dorado.  In amazement, they watched a ritual at Lake Guatavita, near modern day Bogota, in which the leader of the Muiscas, naked and coated with gold dust, threw enormous amounts of gold into the water as an offering to the gods.
 
Five centuries later, with gold prices skyrocketing due to the global economic crisis, this time multinational companies are searching Colombia for the new El Dorado. And they are not alone. Guerrillas, paramilitaries, and drug cartels are all claiming a share of the legendary gold deposits.
 
Gold rush fever, along with cocaine, fuels the civil war which has been raging in the country for over 40 years. It is an invisible form of collateral damage inflicted by the economic turbulence engulfing the planet.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced and Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos /  Research Coordinator: Georgia Anagnou / Research: Manolis Fylaktidis / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by: Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2011-2012

TECHNICAL DATA

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

 

 

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DURATION: 48 min.

Had you ever imagined that clean air could become an object of commercial exchange? And yet, the ability of plants to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can today translate into money and produce great profit. A new stock market, the Carbon Market, is already born!

MAIN CREDITS

Written and directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by: Nina – Maria Paschalidou, Georgia Anagnou/ Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris / Anna Prokou / Original Music: Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2009 – 2010

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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DURATION: 52 min.

Scientists consider Bangladesh to be the point zero of climate change. As the ice melts, the sea level is rising and this South Asian coastal country is sinking. It is estimated that, by the year 2050, approximately 20 million people will have abandoned their homes in Bangladesh, becoming climate refugees. This is a new and almost unknown term which describes, however, the emergence of the true face of climate change. According to predictions, by the year 2050 more than 250 million people from all over the world will have become climate refugees and will be crossing their countries’ borders. Now scientists warn of consequences not even comparable to the nuclear threat, with the world becoming a constant warzone where no one will live in peace…

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou / Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos / Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopouos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2009 – 2010

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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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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