SECRET OF THE DAWN

 

SECRET OF THE DAWN

 

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 55 min. (Prod: Small Planet, GR)

Love hurts when they cut you, when you marry, when you give birth.


 

Excision is an ancient custom that survives to this day. An excruciating operation on the female body, which is mainly encountered in African countries. Little girls that are being kept captive by tradition and superstition are being submitted to the cruel custom in a defenseless manner, experiencing awful consequences throughout their life. Both the government and activist organizations in Mali are struggling against the practice these past few years. Will they be able to beat a deeply rooted tradition?

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SELLING AIR

SELLING AIR

 

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 48 min. (Prod: Small Planet, GR)


Carbon dioxide has a price. Will the market save the world ?

Had one ever imagined that clean air could become an object of commercial exchange? And yet, the ability of plants to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere have translated into money and produced great profit for years. The carbon market keeps flourishing. The film investigates how an ecologically friendly set of laws was used to enforce nature protection against traditionnal and environment-responsible lifestyles of autochtons, while getting green exchange money in order to carry on polluting.

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SHOWDOWN AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD

SHOWDOWN AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD

 

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 57 min. (Prod: Small Planet, GR)


Oil rush over the North pole ...

The Arctic Ocean spreads across 14 million square kilometers and conceals 25% of the world’s oil and natural gaz reserves. As the climate changes and the ice melts, bays, marine areas and islands long forgotten are suddenly in the spotlight of the international agenda. Five arctic states, Russia, Canada, Norway, Denmark and the US, lay claim to a piece of the Arctic Pole and, that is, to the largest share of the treasure. This is a new-age western film on the Wild wild North, which explores economic and geostrategic facts of the Great Arctic Game that has just begun.

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STEALING FROM THE POOR


STEALING FROM THE POOR

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 53 min. (Prod: SmallPlanet, GR)

Where does the fish you eat come from?

The ever-rising demand for fish in the international market has driven European and Asian fishing fleets towards the coasts of West Africa. Hundreds of industrial pirate ships are fishing illegally in the territorial waters of the area, devastating all forms of life in the ocean and condemning millions of Africans to poverty and hunger. "Stealing from the Poor" was filmed in Senegal, where pirate fishing driven by huge industrial vessels belonging to developed countries is depriving the inhabitants of this West African country of their main source of subsistence.

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THE BLOOD OF KOUAN KOUAN

THE BLOOD OF KOUAN KOUAN

 

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 60 min. (Prod: Small Planet, GR)

 

When greed destroys the virgin forests

In the virgin tropical forests of the Amazon, the region with the richest biodiversity in the world, an unspeakable crime has been and is still being committed against humankind. Texaco is accused of dumping 18.5 billion gallons of toxic oil waste into the Ecuadorian Amazonia. Ancient native populations are considered invisible and expendable, victims of the oil companies's easy profiteering. They are disappearing on a massive scale, as pollution kills the animals they hunt and causes illnesses until recently unknown to them, such as cancer, while a fourteen year old law suit against the oil giant is still unfolding …

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THE MIDAS EFFECT

THE MIDAS EFFECT

 

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 60 min. (Prod: Small Planet, GR)

 

"Gold is the barometer of fear..."

When the Spanish conquistadors reached Colombia in the 16th century, they thought they had found the mythical El Dorado. Five centuries later, with gold’s value skyrocketing as a refuge good in the global economic crisis, it is multinationals’s turn to search Colombia for a new El Dorado. And they are not alone. Guerrillas, paramilitaries, and drug cartels are all claiming a share of the legendary deposits with a fever and a rush.

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THE QUIET TIGER

THE QUIET TIGER

 

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 55 min. (Prod: Small Planet, GR)

"The Celtic tiger", Irish economy, hell and back again...

For almost two decades, Ireland had been a global model of neoliberal development. The "Celtic Tiger", as the Irish economy was named, was openhandedly promising prosperity to a society which had historically been suffering from poverty and unemployment. However, after years of impressive growth rates, the country has suddenly and roughly landed in the arms of the European support mechanism. From being at the top, a true model to be followed, Ireland suddenly woke up on the brink of bankruptcy. How did all this happen, and how does it turns to be Irish nowadays ?

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THE VIKING WAY

THE VIKING WAY

 

Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 50 min. (Prod: Small Planet, GR)


"Confronted with bank collapse and EU loan offer, Iceland went it own way...

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. Few years later only, Iceland had begun to show signs of recovery. The measures taken were completely different from what the E.U. and the IMF enforce on member states of the Euro zone which suffer from the recession’s effects. Nowadays, even the IMF admits that the different methods used in handling the crisis in Iceland have come into fruition. How did the Vikings's descendants achieve these results?