2008-2009

GAZA WE ARE COMING

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DURATION: 49 min.

August 2008, two small greek fishing boats broke the naval siege, illegally laid by the state of Israel on Gaza, for the first time after 41 years.

“Gaza We Are Coming” records the historic and risky journey of 44 activists from all over the world, who, by breaking the embargo, proved that history is often made by those that the wise and prudent determinists call ‘unreal’.

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Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Yiannis Karipidis / Script: Nikolas Zirganos / Produced by: Nasim Alatras / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos, Yorgos Alexopoulos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris/Anna Prokou / Sound: Kostas Katalimatias / Original Music by: Yiannis Paxevanis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / Assistant Journalist: Ahilleas Kouremenos / Cooperating Journalists: Petros Yiotis, Aggelos Athanasopoulos / A Small Planet production for Al Jazeera Satellite Network © 2009

TECHNICAL DATA

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

AWARDS

  • BEST DIRECTION PRIZE / 12th Pyongyang International Film Festival / Pyongyang - North Korea / September 2010
  • BEST GREEK FILM WITH DURATION OVER 45 MINUTES / 12th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival / Thessaloniki, Greece / March 2010
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY / Patras International Film & Culture Festival - 12th Panorama / Patras – Greece / October 2010
  • BEST PACIFIST FILM / Patras International Film & Culture Festival - 12th Panorama / Patras – Greece / October 2010
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WELCOME TO TIJUANA

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DURATION: 63 min.

Tijuana is a Mexican city on the U.S. border and a district controlled by the cartel Arellano Félix (CAF), one of the most powerful cartels in the world.

In 2006, president Felipe Calderon declared war to the seven drug cartels that operate in the country. Following a controversial resolution, he sent 40.000 soldiers to kill the Lernaean Hydra of Organized Crime. Ever since, the army gives battles on city streets...

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Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / 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 © 2008 - 2009

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

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SECRET OF THE DAWN

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DURATION: 55 min.

"Love hurts three times - when they cut you, when you marry and when you give birth"

Old African saying.

Excision is an ancient custom that survives to this day. An excruciating operation on the female body, which is mainly encountered in African countries. Across the world, 140.000 girls and women have already suffered genital mutilation (FGM). Six girls are being mutilated every passing moment. In Mali the percentage of sexually mutilated women reaches up to 85%!

Little girls that are being kept captive by tradition and superstition are being submitted to the cruel custom in a defenseless manner, experiencing awful consequences throughout their life. Both the government and activist organizations in Mali are struggling against the practice these past few years. Will they be able to beat a deeply rooted tradition?

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou / Director of Photography:Yorgos Alexopoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri /Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Editing by Yiannis Biliris & Anna Prokou / Website Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet Production for  Greek Public Television  ERT © 2008-2009

TECHNICAL DATA

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

AWARDS

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY/ Patras International Film & Culture Festival - 11th Panorama / International Film Festival / Patras, Greece / October 2009
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ZERU ZERU THE GHOSTS

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DURATION: 56 min.

A crazy manhunt has broken out in peaceful Tanzania. Bounty hunters murder and mutilate Albinos so that they can take their limbs. According to the paranoid superstition streak that has been initiated by 161.000 Tanzanian witch doctors, the limbs of the bodies of those who were born without melanin in their skin bring good fortune and wealth. A horror trade of human limbs has been set up and is spreading like fire in the neighboring countries. The Albinos are being slaughtered like animals. They are the Zeru Zeru, the Nobodies, the Ghosts.

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Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Nina Maria Pashalidou /Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri /Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Editing by Yiannis Biliris & Anna Prokou / Website Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television  ERT © 2008 - 2009

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

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DEATH IN THE LAND OF THE FUR

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DURATION: 60 min.

Since 2003 Arab paramilitaries known as ‘Janjaweed', along with the Sudanese army, have been regularly conducting raids against revolted African tribes in the Darfur province, in the west part of Sudan. So far more than 2.2 million people have been dislocated from their villages and have become refugees and more than 300.000 people have been murdered. Yorgos Avgeropoulos records - in some cases ‘legally', in others ‘illegally'- death and persecution in the context of a relentless civil war. A war that began in the form of a small scale conflict over some land and water, as a consequence of climate change. ‘Aided' by the country's dictator, President Bashir, it has turned out to be one of the most savage of today's wars; a tragedy that, while unfolding right before the eyes of the international community, seems to be well hidden behind the desert dust...

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced and Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos/Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri/ Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos/ Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou/ Original Music by: Yiannis Paxevanis/ Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos/ Research conducted by: Achilleas Kouremenos/Website Coordinator - Editor: Apostolis Kaparoudakis/ A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2008-2009

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

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