2009-2010

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ARGONAUTS

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DURATION: 59 min.

Trabzon (Trapezounta), "the fairest city of all”, as Patriarch John the VIII of Constantinople called it in the 11th century, was the Greek capital of the East for over two millennia. It has been a crossroads for civilizations and commercial relations, a center of military and political interest. At its peak it was the capital of an empire, the Comnenus Empire. This historical documentary records the rise and fall of the civilization of the Greeks of Pontus, which ended with the great persecution and genocide of this population by the Young Turks at the dawn of the 20th century.

 

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Narrated & Presented by Kostas Arzoglou / Directed by: Alexis Barzos / Research & Scientific Editing by Theodosios Kyriakidis / Script: Nikolas Zirganos / Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / A Small Planet Production for the Intellectual and Researching Center Saint George - Peristereotas ©2010

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

 

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THE PRECIOUS CELL

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DURATION: 56 min.

Today, stem cells are virtually presented as a panache, a “miraculous” biological material of the human body which can cure a great number of diseases, from leukemia to Altzheimer's disease. Big enterprises in most countries of the world are encouraging parents to privately store their children’s stem cells, and pay so as to ensure their future as well as that of the family. Where is the line between wishful thinking and reality drawn?

 

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Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by : Georgia Anagnou / Research: Georgia Anagnou, Thomais Papaioannou / Director of Photoghaphy: Yiannis Avgeropoulos, Alexis Barzos / Research Coordinator : Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by: Yiannis Paxevanis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2009 – 2010

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

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ESSENCE OF ANOTHER ERA

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DURATION: 53 min.

Trapped between Berlusconi and the Mafia, immigrants in Italy are under persecution. Africans, gypsies, Romanians and Slavs are being targeted. “Outraged citizens” are shooting at Africans, gypsy settlements are being burnt down by the angry mob, Camorra hitmen are shooting black people with no distinction and the city streets are being patrolled by “vigilante” groups in accord with the new anti-immigration law.

“There has been another moment in Italian history when they country’s security was commended to people who walked the streets wearing shirts of the same color”, says an emasculated left, making clear allusions to Mussolini’s Blackshirts. At the same time, Berlusconi’s Minister of Defense praises the bravery of the soldiers of the fascist regime, and Gianni Alemanno, once a member of a neo-fascist party, is elected mayor of the Eternal City.

Where is Italy heading?

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Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Aggelos Athanasopoulos/ Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri/ Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou/ Original music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Graphics: Sakis Palpanas / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2009 – 2010

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

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WHEN THE WORLD SINKS

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DURATION: 52 min.

Scientists consider Bangladesh to be the point zero of climate change. As the ice melts, the sea level is rising and this South Asian coastal country is sinking. It is estimated that, by the year 2050, approximately 20 million people will have abandoned their homes in Bangladesh, becoming climate refugees. This is a new and almost unknown term which describes, however, the emergence of the true face of climate change. According to predictions, by the year 2050 more than 250 million people from all over the world will have become climate refugees and will be crossing their countries’ borders. Now scientists warn of consequences not even comparable to the nuclear threat, with the world becoming a constant warzone where no one will live in peace…

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Written & Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou / Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos / Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopouos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2009 – 2010

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

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LIFE FOR SALE

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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.

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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

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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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