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DOCUMENTARIES BY CONTINENT LATIN AMERICA
Latin America

DURATION: 60 min.

When the Spanish conquistadors reached Colombia in the 16th century, they thought they had found the mythical El Dorado.  In amazement, they watched a ritual at Lake Guatavita, near modern day Bogota, in which the leader of the Muiscas, naked and coated with gold dust, threw enormous amounts of gold into the water as an offering to the gods.
 
Five centuries later, with gold prices skyrocketing due to the global economic crisis, this time multinational companies are searching Colombia for the new El Dorado. And they are not alone. Guerrillas, paramilitaries, and drug cartels are all claiming a share of the legendary gold deposits.
 
Gold rush fever, along with cocaine, fuels the civil war which has been raging in the country for over 40 years. It is an invisible form of collateral damage inflicted by the economic turbulence engulfing the planet.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced and Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos /  Research Coordinator: Georgia Anagnou / Research: Manolis Fylaktidis / Editing: Yiannis Biliris, Anna Prokou / Original Music by: Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2011-2012

TECHNICAL DATA

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

 

 

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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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DURATION: 48 min.

Had you ever imagined that clean air could become an object of commercial exchange? And yet, the ability of plants to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can today translate into money and produce great profit. A new stock market, the Carbon Market, is already born!

MAIN CREDITS

Written and directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by: Nina – Maria Paschalidou, Georgia Anagnou/ Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Research Coordinator: Aggelos Athanasopoulos / Editing: Yiannis Biliris / Anna Prokou / Original Music: Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ERT © 2009 – 2010

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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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.

MAIN CREDITS

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

TECHNICAL DATA

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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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...

MAIN CREDITS

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

TECHNICAL DATA

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

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