2004-2005

THE SLAVES

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DURATION: 54 min.

A voyage to the hermetically closed vaults of our modern, civilized world. One of the first documentaries to be made on this subject reveals the bleak reality of thousands of slaves who, at the dawn of the 21st century, live in Niger.

The government of Niger claims that there are no slaves, the United Nations Organization has no evidence, the major non-governmental organizations are unaware of the issue... The camera, however, after roaming the deserts of the Sahara and Tenere, has recorded the faces, the words, the thoughts and the dreams of these "non-existent" slaves. The phenomenon has its roots in the customs of the tribes of the Tuareg, the Fulani, the Manga and the Hausa who live there. It was nurtured by the practices of the Europeans who, in the 16th century, imported to their mines and plantations 11 million African slaves.

Today, this practice thrives on the indifference of "civilized countries" while the poverty of Niger perpetuates the phenomenon.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Kostas Georgiadis / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Meletis Pongas, Hristos Kostakopoulos / Sound-Music by Eleni Mathioudaki / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2004 – 2005

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: SD PAL 576i / Aspect Ratio: 4:3 PAL / Languages: Greek, French, English / Subtitles: Greek / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

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SOLDADO DO MORRO (Soldiers of the Hills)

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DURATION: 112 min.

Zuni and Gabi live in one of the favelas of Rio, the "City of God". Two children who live selling drugs and who clash with rival gangs and the police. There are 6,000 other under-aged soldiers like them who make up the striking force of the drug gangs. They are equipped with modern heavy weapons.

The documentary records their words, their thoughts and their dreams. It examines the reasons that lead them to crime. It enters prisons and meets their "commanders". It then follows a police officer, Captain Getz, whose idol is Superman. It records his unit's operations in the favelas, the suspicious activities of the policemen, the policy of repression, and also the bleak reality faced by the desperate and poverty-stricken inhabitants who live trapped in the crossfire.

Getz, Zuni and Gabi, in the end, meet in a fateful game that only life can make so real.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Conducted by Georgia Anagnou / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Yiannis Koliris, Hristos Kostakopoulos /  Sound-Music by Eleni Mathioudaki / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2004 – 2005

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: SD PAL 576i / Aspect Ratio: 4:3 PAL / Languages: Greek, Portugese / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

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THE CITY OF DEAD WOMEN

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DURATION: 60 min.

In 1994, in the city of Juarez in Mexico, a mysterious series of murders began. Up to this day, some 500 young women have been found savagely raped, strangled, butchered and dumped in the desert...

The murders, which have remained unsolved and which continue to take place, began at the same time as the application in the area of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At that time, many industrial plants were set up by large multinational companies in Juarez. This resulted in thousands of workers from all over Mexico making their way to Juarez in search of a place in the free trade sun. Today, over half the workers live in shacks without electricity or running water.

At the same time, the city has become one of the world's principal transit centres for cocaine, while the authorities seem to be controlled more by the drug cartels than anyone else. The documentary fits together the pieces of the puzzle of the murders and their impunity, and displays most tragically the extreme and untold consequences of the globalization of the world's markets...

 

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Director of Photography: Yorgos Sotiropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Yiannis Biliris / Research: Petros Koublis, Manolis Filaktidis / Research - Fixing: Thomas Eckert / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2004 – 2005

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: SD PAL 576i / Aspect Radio 4:3 PAL / Languages: Greek, Spanish, English / Subtitles: Greek / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

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INDONESIA - THE SCREAM

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DURATION: 55 min.

At the 26th of December of 2004 a new Scream tore the breasts of Indonesia. Over 250.000 people died because of a “giant” earthquake and tsunami that Followed.

The largest tidal wave of history was created on August 27, 1883 by successive eruptions of the volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia. From the eruption of the volcano, the waves agitated the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, enormous coral rocks of 600 tones weight “landed” on the beach, the uproar was heard from Australia to India and human bodies were found on the beaches of Zanzibar. The moon was painted for 2 years in a deep blue color, because of the ash that “flooded” the atmosphere.

Inspired from this dramatic situation, the Norwegian painter Edward Munch created his famous painting, called “The Scream”. All of a sudden, the painting was stolen from the museum of Oslo in August of 2003, a couple of months before the catastrophe that convulsed Indonesia and the whole planet.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Mathew Tsimitakis / Director of Photography: Nikos Mistriotis / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Yiannis Koliris, Hristos Kostakopoulos / Additional Research by Vasilis Katsardis / Sound-Music by Eleni Mathioudaki / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2004 – 2005

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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THE RETURN OF THE CONDOR

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DURATION: 55 min.

In the 16th century, Bolivia flooded Europe with silver. Eight million natives breathed their last, working as slaves for the Spanish conquistadores in the mines of Potosi. The same exploitation has continued to our day, the only difference being that multinational companies are looting the country's resources and even exercising rights over rainwater...

According to native myths, which arose after the massacres of the 16th century, the holy Condor would fly again over the lands which once belonged to the Incas and would liberate them. The documentary records the first victory of a popular uprising against the multinational giants, at a time when markets are becoming globalized. Among those interviewed is the country's president, Evo Morales.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Hristos Kostakopoulos / Research: Vasilis Katsardis, Manolis Filaktidis / Website Editors: Kostas Georgiadis, Vasilis Katsardis, Elli Kritharaki / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2004 – 2005

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: SD PAL 576i / Aspect Radio 4:3 PAL / Languages: Greek, Spanish / Subtitles: Greek / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

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