The Lost Signal of Democracy

by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

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?

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DURATION: 65min (Theatrical) | 52min (TV Version)
AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: English | French | Greek
AVAILABLE VERSIONS: English (65min) | French (52min) | Greek (65min)
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2014

Written & Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Produced by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Anastasia Skoubri
Picture: Yiannis Avgeropoulos, Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Anastasia Skoubri, Anna Prokou, Konstantinos Stathias, Alexis Barzos, Yorgos Santamouris, Alexandros Mavropoulos
Editing: Vasilis Magos
Additional Editing: Manolis Zeakis, Theodoros Popeskou, Anna Prokou
Music: Yiannis Paxevanis
Researchers: Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Georgia Anagnou, Andreas Vagias, Thomais Papaioannou
English Adaptation: Thalia Vavaleka
Transcripts & Translations: Georgia Anagnou, Andreas Vagias, Thomas Huisman, Ioanna Kitta
Musicians: Yiannis Paxevanis, Vasilis Tzavaras, Aris Koukos, Yorgos Bouldis, Mihalis Porfiris, Dinos Hadjiiordanou, Sotiris Kastanis, Dimos Polimeris
Sound Mix: Vasilis Magos
Web: Christos Lezos
Legal Advisor: Vasilis Sotiropoulos
Color Correction: Vasilis Magos
Additional Footage: Antonis Galanopoulos, Christos Avramidis (afterhistory.blogspot.gr), ERT WEB TV, Sotiris Maniatis, FOSPHOTOS / Reportage
A Small Planet Production © 2013

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