Golden Times – Black Vilva

by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

Rosia Montana is a village of 4,000 inhabitants, nestled in a green valley in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, with a 2000-year-long history. Its underground holds a treasure, namely Europe’s largest gold deposit! There are, on the whole, 240 tons of gold, which the Canadian company Gabriel Resources plans to exploit by constructing Europe’s largest opencast gold mine in the area.

The historically high prices of this precious metal make this investment particularly profitable for the company. On the other side, the Romanian state believes that, during this period of global economic crisis, this project will bring development, workplaces and immediate profits of 4 billion dollars.

Despite all this, there are some determined inhabitants, who have been resisting for years, and who believe that Rosia Montana’s true treasure is not its gold. If the realization of the mine requires the residents’ relocation, the environment’s pollution and the destruction of Rosia Montana’s ancient cultural inheritance, who is the one to decide if all this is worth the sacrifice?

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AVAILABLE VERSIONS: English (51min) | Romanian (51min) | Greek (51min)

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Produced by Georgia Anagnou
Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri
Director of Photography: Yiannis Avgeropoulos
Editing: Vasilis Magkos, Anna Prokou
Original Music by Yiannis Paxevanis
A Small Planet Production for Greek Public Television ERT ©2011-2012

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