2005-2006

THE SMILE OF TRY ON

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DURATION: 72 min.

Try On today is fourteen years old. When her mother sold her she was only seven. She is one of the approximately 30,000 children? prostitutes in Cambodia.

If you ask them their name, most of them? will answer "Try On", in other words, "Try me...". The camera rambles in the emerging white-flesh and trafficking market, the brothels, the "karaoke bars", and the "tourist streets" of Phnom-Penh and records the living nightmare of the under-aged victims of prostitution. Behind their words and their faces unravels the decadence, resulting from the wars that occurred in the last 30 years and? finally led to the disdain of human existence. At the same time, there is also the other side of the coin: the moral degradation and hypocrisy of the "modern civilized nations", the same nations that turn a blind eye while their very own civilians are daily customers of the slave-houses in Southeast Asia.

At the end of the documentary, Try On faces her mother eye to eye and asks a simple question: "Why did you sell me?" Beneath this heart-rending phrase lies the difficulty of defining words like "man" and "moral principles"

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Field Research: Aggelos Athanasopoullos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Editing Director: Dimitris Nikolopoulos / Director of Photography: Yorgos Sotiropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2005 – 2006

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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EL SENOR PRESIDENTE

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DURATION: 64 min.

The President of Venezuela is one of the most controversial political personalities of the XXI century, inspiring warm expressions of worship as well as waves of irrepressible hatred.

He did not hesitate to call Bush "Mr.Danger", Blair a "donkey", and Condoleezza Rice "chica" (little girl), perform karate moves in front of Putin, dance salsa and sing together with Fidel Castro and Maradona. Neither did he hesitate to dig into the fortunes of the big landowners, taking away land from their enormous properties and sharing it amongst poor landless peasants.

Will the president's wager succeed?Is it possible that Venezuela might inspire and stir up the whole of South America, shifting global geopolitical balances? Chavez himself admits the revolution in his country has not yet been completed, nevertheless he claims it is on the right path. And that it has three enemies: Imperialism, Bureaucracy and Corruption.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Research: Manolis Filaktidis, Kostas Georgiadis / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Meletis Pongas, Notis Benos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2005 – 2006

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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SAUDI ARABIA - UNDER THE VEIL

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DURATION: 60 min.

The hub of the Islamic world, the largest oil-producing country in the world, homeland of Osama Bin Laden, is balanced precariously between the "modern, Western way of life" and tradition.

Over-conservative clerics are asking for a return to the roots of Islam. Reformists are pressuring for liberties. The country is changing and its king is trying to keep a balance by satisfying everyone around him. Women who are not allowed to drive cars; reformists who are often jailed for voicing their demands; clerics and religious police who insist on dictating every aspect of life; Americans who insist on determining the country's oil wealth;

The documentary sheds light on a society where theater, cinema and music are forbidden, while executions are a public spectacle. Wealth and oil, human rights, the "free besieged" life of the young, religion and terrorism... as seen through the eyes of ordinary people and the country's VIPs.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Editing Director: Dimitris Nikolopoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2005 – 2006

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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PARIS 2005

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DURATION: 60 min.

The "accidental" death of two teenagers at Clichy-sous-Bois touched off a series of violent riots that raged through France in November 2005. And for the unsuspecting international public opinion, from behind the ashes of thousands of torched vehicles there emerged the ghost of an unknown Europe, as well as of an unknown France, which keeps well hidden its millions of "second-class" citizens.

The camera enters the inaccessible Parisian ghettos, the heart of the riots. And it records the anger of the youths who are stifled with no recourse other than theft and drug peddling. The screen reveals for the first time to the world the armament of the rioters. Small-bore guns, automatics, sawed-off shotguns and rifles. The youths show photographs of themselves carrying machine guns...

Through searing imagery and with almost no other narrative than the lyrics of the songs of the ghetto, the documentary presents the unknown European citizens of the cités; the dark side of modern Europe, an unknown France of five million besieged and ghetto-bound citizens.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Correspondance-Research: Aggelos Athanasopouos / Cinematography-Sound: Alexandros Papanikolaou, Emily Giannoukou / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Editing Director: Dimitris Nikolopoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2005 – 2006

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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THE UNTOUCHABLES

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DURATION: 60 min.

160 million people in India have been born outside any caste; they are called Untouchables and nobody is allowed to touch them for fear of infection!They call themselves "dalit" which means "broken, shattered people".

Every day, two dalits are murdered, three dalit women are raped and two dalit homes are engulfed in flames, torched by members of the higher castes. In the province of Bihar entire villages of the "shattered" are wiped out by extreme right-wing paramilitaries of the higher castes. In other provinces, the Untouchables have no access to drinking water, cannot enter temples or use public transport. Even at police stations they are often asked to pay "admission"...

The documentary records gruesome images of violence and discrimination; images of the trampling of every sense of human rights. Moreover, it reveals the extent of what international bodies describe as the "secret apartheid" of India. A stunning story of class and social discrimination which, with religion as an alibi, has reproduced itself for centuries.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Editing Director: Dimitris Nikolopoulos / Director of Photography: Dinesh Lal / Research: Parvez Khan / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2005 – 2006

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: SD PAL 576i / Aspect ratio: 4:3 PAL/ Languages: Greek, Hindi, English / Subtitles: Greek / Available Versions: Greek

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