Golden Times – Cassandra’s Treasure

by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

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.

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About This Film

DURATION: 58min
AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: English | French | Greek
AVAILABLE VERSIONS: English (58min) | French (58min) | Greek (58min)
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2011

Written & 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

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