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Middle East

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’.

MAIN CREDITS

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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DURATION: 62 min.

June 25, 2006. At the military post of Kerem Shalom Palestinian fighters kidnap an aIsraeli soldier and kill two more. This act triggers a sequence of events that lead to a major crisis in the Middle East, the war between Israel and Lebanon begins.

Who were these people that played such a dramatic role in the area? The documentary observes the training of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, enters their shelters, records how they manufacture their weapons, how they build underground tunnels to cross enemy lines, follows them in battle, depicts them tying up explosives around them. We see the thoughts of Palestinian fighters, but also those of civilians and their never-ending nightmare. Then the camera crosses the border, joins the Israelis and captures their thoughts, their fears, their dreams and their hopes.

While the international community was focusing on the development of the crisis in Lebanon, this documentary, often violent and disturbing, reveals the crucial events that occurred in the southern boarders of Israel between Palestinians and Israelis.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Research Conducted by: Aggelos Athanasopouos, Elli Kritharaki, Yanna Delatola /  Editing: Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Meletis Pongkas / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / A SMALL PLANET production for ERT © 2006 – 2007

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: SD PAL 576i / Aspect Ratio: 16:9 PAL / Languages: Greek, Arabic, English, Hebrew / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English,  International

AWARDS

  • FΑRΟ D' ORΟ / XII Edition - International Prize for Mediterranean Documentary & Reportage / Cagliari, Italy / December 2007
 
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DURATION: 60 min.

The hub of the Islamic world, the largest oil-producing country in the world, homeland of Osama Bin Laden, is balanced precariously between the "modern, Western way of life" and tradition.

Over-conservative clerics are asking for a return to the roots of Islam. Reformists are pressuring for liberties. The country is changing and its king is trying to keep a balance by satisfying everyone around him. Women who are not allowed to drive cars; reformists who are often jailed for voicing their demands; clerics and religious police who insist on dictating every aspect of life; Americans who insist on determining the country's oil wealth;

The documentary sheds light on a society where theater, cinema and music are forbidden, while executions are a public spectacle. Wealth and oil, human rights, the "free besieged" life of the young, religion and terrorism... as seen through the eyes of ordinary people and the country's VIPs.

MAIN CREDITS

Written, Produced & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Research Coordinator: Apostolis Kaparoudakis / Editing Director: Dimitris Nikolopoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / A Small Planet production for ERT © 2005 – 2006

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format:  SD PAL 576i / Aspect Ratio: 16:9 PAL / Languages: Greek, Arabic, English / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International