2010-2011

EGYPT, THE OTHER HOMELAND

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DURATION: 50 min.

"Egypt, the Other Homeland" witnesses the return, years later, of certain Greeks of Egypt back to the land where they were born and raised. They visit their parents’ home, the family business, their old neighborhood; they search the old Egyptian friends that they left behind. "Egypt, the Other Homeland" will follow them on their journey back in time and space and will trace the old links between the two people, which spread from ancient times until today. Through their personal voyage, as well as through the interviews of eminent Greek and Egyptian specialists, unfolds the story of a numerous community which controlled 80% of Egypt’s financial life at the beginning of the 20th century, founded the first bank, created the first theatres and cinemas and produced the first wines and cigarettes.

MAIN CREDITS

Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Written by Nikolas Zirganos, Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos / Produced by Nikolas Zirganos / Scientific Research: Eirini Chrysocheri / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Small Planet - Al Jazeera © 2011

TECHNICAL DATA

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

 
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STEALING FROM THE POOR

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DURATION: 55 min.

Have you ever asked yourself where does the fish you eat come from? If you had, you would be controlling a huge pirate industry which commits a crime in your dish! The ever-rising demand for fish in the international market has driven European and Asian fishing fleets towards the coasts of West Africa. Hundreds of industrial pirate ships are fishing illegally in the territorial waters of the nations of the area, devastating all forms of life in the ocean and condemning millions of Africans to poverty and hunger.  "Stealing from the Poor" was filmed in Senegal, where pirate fishing perpetrated by huge industrial vessels belonging to developed countries is depriving the inhabitants of this West African country of their main source of subsistence.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by: Georgia Anagnou / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photograrphy: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2010 – 2011

TECHNICAL DATA

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

AWARDS

BEST FOREIGN FILM / IX International Maritime & Adventure Film Festival - THE SEA CALLS / Saint Petersburg, Russia / April 2012

CROCEVIA AWARD / Festival delle Terre - 10th edition / Rome, Italy / May 2013

 
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THE QUIET TIGER

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DURATION: 55 min.

For almost two decades, Ireland had been a global model of neoliberal development. A test lab to legitimize its application, with the country's cheap and specialized labor force as the guinea pig. The government, banks and constructors were intoxicated by the nectar of money, dragging along with them the reflexes of the entire social tissue. The "Celtic Tiger", as the Irish economy was named, was openhandedly promising prosperity to a society that has historically suffered from poverty, immigration and unemployment. And it was doing just fine, as it seemed!

However, after years of impressive growth rates, the country has suddenly and roughly landed in the arms of the European support mechanism and the IMF. It now finds itself in the same position as Greece and Portugal, albeit for different reasons which, nevertheless, caused the same result: from being at the top, a true model to be followed, Ireland suddenly woke up on the brink of bankruptcy.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by: Achilleas Kouremenos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photograrphy: Alexis Barzos / Research Coordinator: Georgia Anagnou / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2010 – 2011

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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THE ARGENTINA EXPERIMENT

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DURATION: 100 min.

In December 2001, in Buenos Aires, great crowds of people are heading towards the historic square Plaza de Mayo. Argentina, once amongst the richest economies in the world, has gone bankrupt. The government has resigned and Argentina's president, Fernando de la Rua, flees from the presidential residency in a helicopter, amidst a storm of enraged people clashing with the police, breaking banks, looting super markets and shouting “Out with the lot of them!” The 2001 social explosion marked the end of a neoliberal economic model which lasted 10 years and left a toll of 35 deaths (murdered by the police and the private guards of the banks), 30,000 collateral damages (suicides, heart and brain attacks) and approximately 20,000,000  (over half the population) submerged in poverty and misery.

Almost 10 years later, the Greek documentary filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos, who had been working in Argentina in 2001-2002 during the crisis, returns for a new autopsy of the country's economy and political and social situation.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Director of Photogarphy: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Research contacted by Manolis Filaktidis / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2010 – 2011

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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NO PLACE TO STAND

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DURATION: 51 min.

In times of economic recession and crisis, minorities are targeted. The Roma people, the most numerous and vulnerable ethnic minority in Europe, with a population of over 10 million across the continent, have always been an easy victim. Their persecution by the French state in the summer of 2010 brought back memories of past times we thought were never to be repeated. "No Place to Stand" records their fleeing from the country of human rights and the Enlightenment, it follows their tracks back to Romania, the efforts to start their life there over again, and the dead ends that repeatedly set them back on the track of emigration. "No Place to Stand" is the chronicle of a people under persecution.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou/ Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Editing: Yiannis Biliris – Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet Production for © ERT Greek Public Television 2010 - 2011

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 1080i50 / Languages: Greek, French, English, Romanian / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

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