AGORÁ – From Democracy to the Market

by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

The Agorá (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 Agorá 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.

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OFFICIAL SITE: DURATION: 117min / 90min / 2 x 48min AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: English | French | German | Spanish | Greek AVAILABLE VERSIONS: English (117min / 90min / 2 x 48min) | French (117min / 90min / 2 x 48min) | German (117min / 90min / 2 x 48min) | Spanish (117min / 90min / 2 x 48min) | Greek (117min / 90min / 2 x 48min) YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2015

Written, Produced and Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Producers: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Anastasia Skoubri
Co-Producers: Jutta Krug (WDR), Rawan Damen (AJA)
Main Picture: Yiannis Avgeropoulos, Vasilis Mourikis
Picture: Kostis Nikolopoulos, Yiannis Biliris, Alexis Barzos, Anastasia Skoubri, Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Alexandros Mavropoulos, Yorgos Santamouris, Yiannis Chlebakos, Michalis Gripiotis, Theofilos Dadis
Music: Yiannis Paxevanis
Editing: Vasilis Magos, Thodoris Popeskou
Research: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Thomais Papaioannou, Marina Demertzian, Elena Apostolidou, Mahi Nikolara, Andreas Vagias, Georgia Anagnou, Marios Dionellis, Michalis Gripiotis
Production Assistant: Eleni Gioti
Color Correction: Vasilis Magos
Sound Mix: Thodoris Popeskou
Aerial Videography: Christos Giatrakos - Hexateam
Steadycam: Kostas Tangas
Archival Footage: The Hellenic National Audiovisual Archive, SKAI TV, Hellenic Parliament Television, Journeyman Pictures, European Union, Deutscher Bundestag
Web Editor: Eleni Gioti
Web Design & Development: Christos Chantzis, Christos Lezos
World Sales / Distribution: Thierry Detaille, Visible Films - Belgium | Anastasia Skoubri, Small Planet - Greece
A Small Planet Production ©2014-2015 in Co-Production with WDR & AJA

About the Director
Yorgos Avgeropoulos

Yorgos Avgeropoulos is a Greek documentary filmmaker and journalist known for the numerous social and political documentaries he has directed in more than 50 countries and which have won 40 awards in international film festivals as well as other distinctions all over the world.
He was born in Athens, Greece in 1971. He studied journalism and worked as a war correspondent in Sarajevo, Croatia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan whereas he also covered major events such as the Albanian Rebellion, the earthquakes in Turkey and the sinking of MS Estonia.
In 2000, he created the Exandas Documentary Series. Exandas documentaries are awarded in several international film festivals and broadcasted by dozens of networks worldwide. In Greece they were broadcasted by ALPHA TV until 2003 and then by Public Greek Television ERT until 2013, when the network was violently shut down by the Greek government.
Today Yorgos Avgeropoulos collaborates with international networks. His latest films, The Lost Signal of Democracy (2014) and AGORA – From Democracy to the Market (2015) were broadcasted by TV networks in Europe, the US, the Middle East, Asia and Australia and awarded in documentary film festivals in France, Germany and the USA.

Films of Yorgos Avgeropoulos