2006-2007

SHIVA'S FLESH

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DURATION: 48 min.

The act or practice of feeding on dead bodies (necrophagia) is beyond comprehension in the western world. But in other cultures ritual cannibalism is a fact. This astonishing documentary filmed in India provides a very rare recording of this practice as well as its philosofical backround.

Varanasi is the holy city of Hinduism. More than 1 million believers arrive in this city every year, after a long trip, to die in the banks of the holy Ganga river. There, the Aghori Sadhus members of a sacred and ancient sect are searching for their way to heaven: Human remaining from the cremation grounds. They believe that by eating human flesh from the dead bodies floating in the Ganga they humiliate themselves therefore are reaching closer to God.

Aghoris seem to follow a path, which is strikingly opposite to that of ideal Hinduism. They take liquor, eat flesh and utter obscenities, meditate at night and have uninhibited sex. Aghoris are one of the most controversial of Hindu holy men (sadhus). People believe that Aghoris possess magical powers and stories of Aghoris curing people suffering from serious diseases are common in the Indian villages.

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Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Dinesh Lal / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Meletis Pongkas, Yiannis Biliris, / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2006 – 2007

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

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TALIBAN II, THE REVIVAL

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DURATION: 58 min.

The "revival of the Taliban" is a fact. And Pakistan is the new centre of developments in Central Asia, for it is from its grounds that the new waves of fighters with the black turbans, and their continuous attacks, unexpectedly shift the geopolitical map of Central Asia, as well as the international balances.

The hideout and base of operations of the "new Taliban" is located in the rough and inaccessible mountains of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Not only western people, but even the authorities of Pakistan themselves are incapable of reaching Waziristan, the inaccessible region of the Pashtun Tribal Areas. The creators of this astonishing documentary managed to get remarkable access.

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Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Meletis Pongkas / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2006 – 2007

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Original shooting format: HD 720p / Aspect Ratio: 16:9 PAL / Languages: Pashtun, Urdu, English, Greek / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

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GOD FOR A DAY

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DURATION: 60 min.

Do today's people have the right to decide when and how they will die? Do those who suffer from incurable diseases and are at the last stage of their life have the right to choose a quiet and dignified death, without unbearable pain and suffering, at the place and time of their choice?

The issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide is usually discussed in a low voice behind the closed doors of hospital rooms and the houses of patients nearing the end of their life. The burden for the relatives and doctors who are each day called upon to make a decision is unbearable. However, it is the patients who face a true Calvary. Apart from the physical pain and distress caused by the idea of the oncoming end, a series of moral and philosophic issues magnify the torment. Meanwhile, the inexistence, in most countries, of a legal framework which clearly defines the "if", the "when" and the "how" one can undergo an assisted suicide, often leads them to extreme choices.

The new documentary by Exandas and Yorgos Avgeropoulos on euthanasia and assisted suicide, on the silent war waged everyday around the beds of dying patients, behind the closed doors of family houses and clinics. A war of ideologies, religious beliefs, world visions and attitudes towards life... regarding the issue of death. Filmed in England, Holland, Belgium and Germany, it records the last moments of people who chose euthanasia, of those who pursue it as a liberation and of others who wish against it.

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Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Research-Interviews: Ioanna Niaoti, Thomais Papaioannou/ Director of Photography: M. J. O' Callaghan, Alexis Barzos, Giorgos Sotiropoulos / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Meletis Pongkas / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2006 – 2007

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

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MUXES OF JUCHITAN

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DURATION: 72 min.

According to myth, God entrusted San Vicente with a difficult task. On his back he carried a sack full of Muxes, and had to leave one in every town of the Zapotec kingdom. But when the Saint reached Juchitán he tripped, and all the Muxes he carried in his sack fell out. Since then, this town in the South-East of Mexico has experienced an unexpected – not only for Mexico but for the entire world – sexual liberation.

Homosexual men who wish to dress as women freely do so, and live a more or less similar life as their heterosexual fellow citizens. Not only do the Muxes not hide their difference on the streets of Juchitán, they actually project it in every way. Their fellow citizens simply go on their way, not impressed, provoked or angered by the sight of a man in women’s clothes, hairdos and make-up. The Muxes claim they belong to the community of the “intrepid”, of “those who do not fear death”, and celebrate their desire and joy to be women every year in a festivity attended by the whole community.

In Juchitán, the dream of tolerance and the acceptance of difference has been a reality for years. Without announcements and declarations, without social movements having to fight long and bloody social and political struggles, without conflict and quarrel…

A documentary on the joy of life and love which prevailed effortlessly because San Vicente tripped…

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced  & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos /  Research Coordinator: Kaparoudakis Apostolis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Meletis Pongkas / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis /  A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT  © 2006 – 2007

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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 REBELS OF OAXACA

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DURATION: 65 min.

What could urge housewives, students, workers, people of religion, scientists, farmers, natives and non-natives, unemployed, enraged teenagers and peaceable elders to stand together behind the same barricade with stones in their hands?

What could lead them to seizing their town and discussing, altogether, in open assemblies, the creation of the Constitution and of the laws which will rule their lives? Hundreds of thousands of citizens managed to unite in a movement with no leaders, no commanders and no guidance from political parties. History has known very few popular uprisings as the one that took place in the South of Mexico in May, 2006.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos /  Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Meletis Pongkas / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT  © 2006 – 2007

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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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