The Viking Way

by Yorgos Avgeropoulos

In 2008, Iceland was confronted with an unprecedented economic disaster. The country's three banks collapsed, dragging with them to ruin the country's whole social, economic and political life.

Four years later, in 2012, Iceland has begun to show signs of recovery. Unemployment rates are declining and growth rates have reached approximately a 2,5%. However, in order to reach this positive outcome, some quite unorthodox methods were implemented. The measures taken were completely different from what the E.U. and the IMF enforce on member states of the Eurozone that suffer from the effects of the recession. Many times, these handlings brought Iceland up against the International Community and the markets. Nowadays, even the IMF admits that the different methods used in handling the crisis in Iceland have come into fruition. How did the Vikings' descendants achieve these results?

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About This Film

DURATION: 51min
AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: English | Spanish | Greek
AVAILABLE VERSIONS: English (51min) | Spanish (51min) | Greek (51min)
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2011

Directed by Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Written by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, Achilleas Kouremenos
Produced by Achilleas Kouremenos
Director of Photography: Alexis Barzos
Production Manager: Anastasia Skoubri
Research Coordinator: Georgia Anagnou
Editing: Yiannis Biliris, 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