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DOCUMENTARIES BY TOPIC GLOBAL ECONOMY
Global Economy
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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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: 100 min.

In December 2001, in Buenos Aires, great crowds of people are heading towards the historic square Plaza de Mayo. Argentina, once amongst the richest economies in the world, has gone bankrupt. The government has resigned and Argentina's president, Fernando de la Rua, flees from the presidential residency in a helicopter, amidst a storm of enraged people clashing with the police, breaking banks, looting super markets and shouting “Out with the lot of them!” The 2001 social explosion marked the end of a neoliberal economic model which lasted 10 years and left a toll of 35 deaths (murdered by the police and the private guards of the banks), 30,000 collateral damages (suicides, heart and brain attacks) and approximately 20,000,000  (over half the population) submerged in poverty and misery.

Almost 10 years later, the Greek documentary filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos, who had been working in Argentina in 2001-2002 during the crisis, returns for a new autopsy of the country's economy and political and social situation.

MAIN CREDITS

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

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 720p25 / Languages: Greek, Spanish / Subtitles: Greek, 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: 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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