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AGORA - Poster

The Agora (Αγορά) was a central area in Ancient Greece city-states. It was a gathering place, an assembly of active citizens, and the City centre for political, economical, athletic, artistic and spiritual life. It was the heart of Democracy. In Modern Greece, the word Agora has lost its initial sense and it has come to denote solely the place and act of commercial transactions. It is a dominant word in the reality experienced today by Greeks, as the country goes through an economical vortex that devours human lives in its path.

Greece, a symbol for the European civilization because of its Ancient heritage, is experiencing conditions in post-war history that no European thought would face again. Homeless people, soup kitchens, unemployment, poverty, an unsettled social situation, violent conflicts and the rise of the extreme-right. The dream of prosperity has turned into a nightmare and the political scene of the last four decades is crumbling.

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, an internationally acclaimed Greek documentary filmmaker, witnesses the fall. After 13 years of ongoing reporting and documenting global issues around the world, he urgently turns his camera towards his homeland. He records the development of the crisis from its early stage, while tracing its impact on the lives of simple people from all social classes whom he observes over time. He witnesses popular protests in the streets, the development of solidarity movements as well as the rise of fascism, while at the same time he seeks answers from his country’s most significant political personalities, from insiders, analysts and key decision makers from the international political scene.

FACTS ABOUT AGORA

Versions: 1 X 120 min / 1 X 90 min / 2 X 48 min / 2 X 52 min
Production Period: April 2010 - September 2014
Co-Producers (in alphabetical order): ΑJA (Al Jazeera Arabic), WDR (Germany)

 

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The Lost Signal of Democracy Poster Small

DURATION: 51min

Bullying used to be dismissed as a bit unfortunate, but mostly harmless and finally unavoidable part of growing up. Most people tend to recall teasing and fighting in the school playground and the neighborhood, even somewhat nostalgic. Is there, however, a certain point those common jokes and pranks between children stop being all that funny? Indisputably, yes.

Filmed in Greece and UK, Bullying Diaries is a vivid documentary, giving a chance to boys and girls that have experienced bullying, either as victims or perpetrators, to speak out. Aiming to raise public awareness with regards to the phenomenon, it explores the root causes of the problem, hoping that the often vicious cycle of bullying could break. Are we willing to listen when the children are talking?

 
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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.

 
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DURATION: 48 min.

According to the IMF, Ghana is a case of success! The government, after faithfully following the IMF's recommendations for shrinking the public sector, fully liberalizing the market and carrying out privatizations, has now "achieved its goals". Nowadays, the country's economy is among the world's 20 fastest growing economies and the first in Africa!

However at the same time, 4,000 schools do not have any facilities and the students are having their lessons under the trees. At the clinics in the country's northern parts there is one doctor per 161,000 inhabitants! And small scale farmers, without any support from the state, have been left to starve, struggling alone in the free market's vast sea.

Growth... for whom?

MAIN CREDITS

Written and Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by: Achilleas Kouremenos / Director of Photography: Vasilis Mourikis / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Research Coordinator: Georgia Anagnou / Editing: Anna Prokou, Vasilis Magkos / Original Music by: Yiannis Paxevanis / A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ΕRΤ © 2012-2013

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 1080p25 / Sound: Dolby Stereo / Languages: English, Greek, Groune, Talen, Kousaal, Dagbani / Subtitles: Greek, English

 
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DURATION: 57 min.

The exploitation of the country’s mineral wealth is projected as the most reasonable solution to deal with the economic crisis that plagues Greece. The Greek state has ceded its mining rights over 31.700 ha of land in northern Halkidiki, a region rich in gold, copper and other metals, to the Canadian multinational company Eldorado Gold. However, many of the region’s inhabitants, who have been resisting the construction of a goldmine for years, claim that this investment will cause irreparable damage to the environment and the benefits will be fewer than the losses.

“Cassandra’s Treasure” presents a detailed picture of the modern Greek state before and during the crisis period.

MAIN CREDITS

Written and Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by Georgia Anagnou / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos, Theofilos Dadis / Editing: Vasilis Magos, Anna Prokou / Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis / Singing by Savina Yannatou / A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ERT ©2011-2012

TECHNICAL DATA

Original shooting format: HD 1080p25 / Sound: Dolby Stereo / Languages: Greek / Subtitles: English

 
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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: 56 min.

It has been called the “Rebellion of Dignity”. The spark that was set off by the self-immolation of a 26-year-old in a Tunisian provincial town spread like fire in the entire country. The cry of the Tunisians who demanded freedom and fought for their right to work shook the entire world and gave, once again, a historic role to optimism. Ben Ali, the once almighty dictator, fled the country and his corrupt regime was unmasked. The first revolution of the 21st century is a fact and the Arab world will never be the same again.

“29 Days” goes back to the beginning, to the roots of the “Arab spring”. Through the soul-stirring testimonies of those who were in the middle of it and the rich archive that they salvaged from the period of the uprising, the documentary presents the chronicle of the 29 days that changed the course of history.

MAIN CREDITS

Written & Directed by: Yorgos Avgeropoulos / Produced by: Georgia Anagnou / Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos / Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri / Research: Andreas Vagias / 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, French, Arabic / Subtitles: Greek, English / Available Versions: Greek, English, International

 
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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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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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