DOCUMENTARIES CHRONOLOGICALLY 2013-2014 THE LOST SIGNAL OF DEMOCRACY

THE LOST SIGNAL OF DEMOCRACY

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Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

DURATION: 65min (Theatrical) & 52min (TV Version)

It was an unprecedented occurrence in world history. Nowhere and never in well-governed democratic states, had the public broadcaster been silenced in such a manner that was characterized as "autocratic" and “undemocratic”.

Within five hours, on the evening of June 11, 2013, the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras turned off the switches of ERT, Greece’s public broadcaster, after 75 years of continuous operation. Both TV and radio frequencies fell silent, making screens broadcast black and the FM to buzz.

The closure of ERT was an unheard-of political act that shocked Greek citizens bringing back memories from the dark period of the dictatorship. It also caused a fierce international outrage from all around the world.

Why did the public broadcaster have to die?

TECHNICAL DATA

Original Shooting Format: HD 1080/25p / Sound: Dolby Stereo / Spoken Languages: Greek, English, French / Subtitles: English, Greek, French / Narration: Greek, French / Small Planet Productions ©2014

TV BROADCASTS

RTBF (Belgium), ORF (Austria), YLE (Finland), SBS (Australia), RTS (Switzerland), RSI (Switzerland), TG4 (Ireland), LTV (Latvia), DR (Denmark), NRK (Norway), TVC (Spain), Al Jazeera Balkans.

 

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

 

"The Lost Signal of Democracy" encloses one of the most important and symbolic moments of the Greek economic crisis

"The Lost Signal of Democracy" encloses one of the most important and symbolic moments of the economic and social tragedy witnessed today in Greece.

It is the most visible and indisputable case that the crisis’s first victim is Democracy, which dies, ironically in the country where it was born.

The film records from beginning to end everything that happened in the case of ERT, condensing within an hour, a period of five months.

It features all people who played a decisive role in this case, both in Greece and the European Union. They analyze the reasons that led to the sudden death of Greece’s public broadcaster, and open the debate on the dark and uncertain future of public service broadcasting in Europe.

 

 


Credits

Written & Directed by: YORGOS AVGEROPOULOS

Produced by: YORGOS AVGEROPOULOS ANASTASIA SKOUBRI

Picture: YIANNIS AVGEROPOULOS, YORGOS AVGEROPOULOS, ANASTASIA SKOUBRI, ANNA PROKOU, KONSTANTINOS STATHIAS, ALEXIS BARZOS, YORGOS SANTAMOURIS, ALEXANDROS MAVROPOULOS

Editing: VASILIS MAGOS

Additional Editing: MANOLIS ZEAKIS, THEODOROS POPESKOU, ANNA PROKOU

Music: YIANNIS PAXEVANIS

Researchers: YORGOS AVGEROPOULOS, GEORGIA ANAGNOU, ANDREAS VAGIAS, THOMAIS PAPAIOANNOU

English Adaptation: THALIA VAVALEKA

Transcripts & Translations: GEORGIA ANAGNOU, ANDREAS VAGIAS, THOMAS HUISMAN, IOANNA KITTA

Musicians: YIANNIS PAXEVANIS, VASILIS TZAVARAS, ARIS KOUKOS, YORGOS BOULDIS, MIHALIS PORFIRIS, DINOS HADJIIORDANOU, SOTIRIS KASTANIS, DIMOS POLIMERIS

Sound Mix: VASILIS MAGOS

Web: CHRISTOS LEZOS

Legal Advisor: VASILIS SOTIROPOULOS

Color Correction: VASILIS MAGOS

Additional Footage: ANTONIS GALANOPOULOS, CHRISTOS AVRAMIDIS (afterhistory.blogspot.gr), ERT WEB TV, SOTIRIS MANIATIS, FOSPHOTOS / Reportage

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