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First TV Broadcast in Greece (Sunday January 29, 23:00, ERT2)

On Sunday, January 29, AGORΑ – From Democracy to the Market by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, the documentary film that has been named the “ark” of the Greek Crisis, will be broadcast for the first time by the second program of the Greek Public Television ΕRΤ2.

AGORΑ, a Small Planet (Greece) production, in co-production with WDR (Germany) and Al Jazeera Arabic (Qatar), constitutes an impressive mosaic that demonstrates the Greek crisis from 2010 to 2014. It traces its impact on Greek society through four dark years: the rapid impoverishment suffered by Greek citizens, the rise of fascism as well as the emergence of solidarity movements are scrutinized through long-time observation and documentation by Greek documentary filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos.

Within two hours of intense emotion, through powerful, and partly shocking images, the director records the development of the crisis from its early stage, traces its impact on the life of simple people from all social classes, whom he observes over time, while at the same time he seeks answers from his country’s most significant political personalities, from insiders, analysts and key decision makers from the international political scene. AGORΑ is a cinematic antidote to oblivion, a film that urges us to reflect on Europe’s present and future.

The film has been awarded with five prestigious awards, among which the Rockie Award at the Banff World Media Festival (Canada, 2016), the eminent Gold Hugo Award at the 52nd Chicago International Television Awards, and the Otto Brenner Special Prize for Critical Journalism (Germany, 2015). Until today, AGORΑ has been presented in numerous international film festivals and broadcasted by TV networks in Europe, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

AGORΑ will be broadcast by ERT2, during the “Doc on ERT” slot, on Sunday January 29, at 23:00.

 

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Important greek distinction at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada

AGORA – From Democracy to the Market by Yorgos Avgeropoulos receives the eminent “Rockie Award” as the best documentary film in the social and investigation category of the 2016 Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada.

The prestigious Rockie Awards honor audiovisual productions from around the world and are considered one of the most important of its kind. Over 40 countries participated in this year’s competition, in 23 categories across drama, comedy, children’s, documentary, factual, digital and more. The program’s industry jury featured more than 350 professionals and leaders from around the world working in the entertainment and media arenas.

Canadian programs received 6 awards, while productions from Great Britain and USA followed with 4. Audiovisual programs from South Korea won two awards and France, Taiwan, Norway, Germany, Australia and Greece received one award each.

This is the fifth award for AGORA, a Small Planet (Greece) production, in co-production with WDR (Germany) and Al Jazeera Arabic (Qatar). It has also been awarded with the prestigious Gold Hugo award at the 52nd Chicago International Television Awards (USA, 2016), the Otto Brenner Special Prize for Critical Journalism (Germany, 2015), the Best Documentary Film Orpheus Award at Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (USA, 2015) and the Best Pitched Project Award at FIPA INDUSTRY at the 27th International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (France, 2014).

The film constitutes an impressive mosaic that elucidates the Greek Crisis since its early stage while tracing its impact on Greek society through 4 dark years: the rapid impoverishment suffered by Greek citizens, the rise of fascism as well as the emergence of solidarity movements. AGORA is a cinematic antidote to oblivion, a film which urges the viewer to reflect on Europe’s present and future.

Until today, AGORΑ has been screened in numerous international film festivals and broadcasted by TV networks in many countries in Europe, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia and by satellite networks worldwide.

 

Watch AGORA on VOD in five languages (EL, EN, FR, ES, DE)

Purchase AGORA DVD CD BOX SET

AGORA wins the prestigious "Gold Hugo" award at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards

AGORA has been awarded with the “Gold Hugo” Award as the best documentary film in the social /political category of the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards.

For more than five decades, the Chicago International Film Festival, the longest running competitive film festival in North America, through its annual Chicago International Television Awards has honored outstanding and inspiring television productions from around the world. The Chicago International Television Awards are a celebration of the best in television and along with the Emmy Awards, have been established as one of the most important international competition for foreign productions.

AGORA, a Small Planet production (Greece), in co-production with WDR (Germany) and Al Jazeera Arabic (Qatar), had its world premiere in late 2014 at the Danish Documentary Festival CPH: DOX in Copenhagen. It has been awarded with the Otto Brenner Special Prize for Critical Journalism (Germany, 2015), the Best Documentary Film Orpheus Award at Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (USA, 2015) and the Best Pitched Project Award at FIPA INDUSTRY (France, 2014).

The film portrays the euro crisis from a Greek point of view over a period of more than four years. The director captures the political and social impact of the crisis in his home country, in intense, partly shocking images and speaks both with policy makers and with those directly affected by the crisis.

Until today, AGORA has been screened in numerous international film festivals and broadcasted by TV networks in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Australia and by satellite networks worldwide.

AGORA screenings in Greece, Ireland and Germany

April 23 marks the 6th anniversary of former Prime Minister Yorgos Papandeou’s dramatic announcement, when from Greece’s and Europe’s most remote location, Kastellorizo Island, he officially marked the beginning of the most tragic and difficult period in Greece’s modern history.

On the occasion of this grim anniversary, AGORA, Yorgos Avgeropoulos’ multi-awarded film on Greek crisis (Special Award for Critical Journalism Otto Brenner Germany, Best Documentary Award at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and Best Pitched Project Award, Fipa Industry France) will be broadcast and screened in theaters, in Greece and Europe.

 

AGORA AT DUBLIN GREEK FILM FESTIVAL (22/4)

AGORA participates in the 2nd Dublin Greek Film Festival (April 21-24) that takes place in the heart of the Irish capital aiming to promote Greek culture through a variety of films and events and show links between Ireland and Greece. The Festival will showcase the latest films by both internationally established directors and emerging filmmakers, who are currently producing many of the most dynamic, innovative and provocative films in the world. The screening of AGORA is scheduled on on Friday, April 22 at 18:00 at Filmbase.

 

AGORA RERUNS ON THE GERMAN PUBLIC TELEVISION WDR (27/4)

On Wednesday 27 April at 23:25 the 90-minute version of the AGORA will be broadcast by public German television WDR (detailed information here). WDR, one of the film’s co-producers, premiered AGORA for the first time in February 2015, shedding light on the unknown to the German audience, aspects of the Greek crisis; that are not reported by the mainstream media of the country. The reaction of the viewers in the social media was impressive. Haus des Dokumentarfilms in Stuttgart published on its website a glorifying critical overview of AGORA: “It is perhaps the most important documentary film of the year” according to Thomas Schneider, who focused on the humanitarian aspects of the crisis. On the German website of critical views NachDenkSeiten, Orlando Pascheit commented: “It would be nice if our government would take the time to look at such films in order not to lose touch with reality - in order to remember that the aim of its policy is to prevent such conditions instead of causing them”.

 

AGORA IN KORINTHOS WITH FREE ENTRANCE (15/4)

On Friday, April 15 at 18:00, AGORA will screen at Apollon Cinemas in Korinthos.

The director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will attend the screening and will have a Q&A with the audience.

The event is organized by Homo Educandus - Αγωγή with free entrance.

AGORA international screenings in January. Collector's AGORA Box Set currently available for purchase

The international tour of AGORΑ continues in January with festival screenings in three German cities and a screening at Peloponnese International Documentary Film Festival while the Collector’s AGORA DVD/CD BOX SET is available in its limited first edition and the online distribution through Video On Demand continues.

 

AT HELLAS FILMBOX BERLIN FESTIVAL

AGORΑ participates in Hellas Filmbox Berlin (January 21-24), the first Greek Film Festival in Berlin. A new festival established in 2015 which wishes to highlight the current, highly artistic Greek film scene and present it to a German audience, offering through the eyes of its filmmakers images of the Greek reality that is impossible to access through the mainstream German media. AGORΑ will screen in the Documentary Competition section together with 11 Greek documentary films. The screenings will take place on Saturday, January 23 at 15:30 at Babylon Cinema.

 

AT GLOBALE FILM FESTIVAL IN HESSE

AGORΑ participates in Globale Film Festival (January 22 – February 4) which will take place in eight cities of Hesse, Central Germany. The film will screen on Monday, January 25 in Marburg (Capitol Cinema, 18:00) and Giessen (Jokus, 20:30). Screenings will be followed by discussions with academic researcher Fabian Georgi (University of Marburg).

 

AT PELOPONNESE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

AGORΑ participates in Peloponnese International Documentary Film Festival (January 20-31). Organized by Kalamata’s Creative Documentary Centre, the festival expands in four cities and presents a panorama of 76 Greek and foreign documentary films produced in the last five years. AGORΑ will screen on Saturday, January 23 at 21:30 at Cine Cinema in Amaliada.

 

COLLECTOR’S AGORA BOX SET CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

The much-debated, revelatory documentary is released on DVD in English and Greek. The Box Set also includes extra scenes and a special 48-page booklet with detailed information about the film. The soundtrack by Yiannis Paxevanis with the participation of many acclaimed Greek musicians such as Fotis Siotas, Panos Tolios, Michalis Porfyris and others is hereby released for the first time.

The Collector’s AGORA DVD/CD BOX SET is a limited edition available on the Small Planet Web Store and at selected stores throughout Greece.

STORES IN GREECE

  • Public Stores throughout Greece (from Monday 25 January 2016)
  • Ianos Stores in Athens and Thessaloniki
  • Politeia Bookstore (Asklipiou 1-3, Athens, tel. 210 3616373)
  • Pleiades Bookstore (Spyrou Merkouri 62, Pagkrati, tel. 210 7249604)
  • Lemoni Bookstore (Heraklidon 22, Thissio, tel. 210 3451390)

 

WATCH AGORA ON VOD

AGORΑ is also available worldwide for online streaming at Vimeo On Demand in five languages: Greek, English, French, German and Spanish.

Watch it at http://agora.smallplanet.gr

AGORA Collector's DVD/CD Box Set to be released on 21 December!

LIMITED EDITION
AVAILABLE NOW FOR PREORDER
FREE DELIVERY WITHIN GREECE

 

AGORΑ, the awarded documentary film-arc of the Greek Crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos is set to be released as a Collector’s DVD/CD Box Set on Monday, December 21.

 

The Box Set includes:

  • The Film on DVD (English, Greek)
  • The Soundtrack on CD
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 48-page Booklet

 

The Collector’s Box Set is released as a special limited edition, now available for preorder on the Small Planet Web Store.

 

AN ANTIDOTE TO OBLIVION

The dark years of the crisis that is plaguing Greece are condensed in two hours of intense emotion through the insightful storytelling of filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos.

AGORΑ has been presented in cinemas and on TV in many languages all around the world and mostly in Europe, with official selections at major documentary film festivals and broadcasts by dozens of TV networks.

The film has been awarded the Otto Brenner Special Award for Critical Journalism in Germany, the Best Documentary Film Orpheus Award at Los Angeles Greek Film Festival in the US and the Best Pitched Project Award at FIPA INDUSTRY 2014 in France.

 

Cinema is valuable when it is national, when it comes from the soul of a country. Recently I was not impressed by a film, but rather by the documentary film AGORA.
Costa-Gavras, Interview at VIMAgazino

 

A DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

The much-debated, revelatory documentary is released on DVD in English and Greek. The Box Set also includes deleted scenes and a special 48-page booklet with detailed information about the film. The soundtrack by Yiannis Paxevanis with the participation of many acclaimed Greek musicians such as Fotis Siotas, Panos Tolios, Mihalis Porfyris and others is hereby released for the first time.

 

SPECIAL OFFER: FREE DELIVERY WITHIN GREECE FOR PREORDERS STARTING ON 14 DECEMBER!

From Monday 14 December until Sunday 20 December, you may preorder the Collector’s AGORA Box Set on the Small Planet Web Store and enjoy free delivery by courier service within Greece. Preordering saves you the shipping cost and assures express delivery within 1-3 working days after the starting day of the release (21 December).

After December 21, 2015 the AGORA Box Set will become available at selected stores throughout Greece.

 

PURCHASE ABROAD

Orders to any destination worldwide are shipped via Hellenic Post ELTA, Registered Mail. ELTA is the national provider of postal services in Greece. The exact shipping cost is calculated when you make your order and you can verify it before payment. You can track your order here.

If you prefer to receive your order by your own international courier service, you have the option to send us your courier account details for the shipping.

 

PREORDER NOW

Preorder the Collector’s AGORA DVD/CD BOX SET here

 

INFO

Distribution: Small Planet, info@smallplanet.gr, tel. +30 210 95 15 295
Orders via our web store from December 30, 2015 to January 3, 2016 will be processed on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Yorgos Avgeropoulos receives the Otto Brenner Special Award for AGORA

This year’s Otto Brenner Special Award for Critical Journalism by the German Otto Brenner Foundation was given to Greek documentary filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos for his film AGORΑ at the awards ceremony that took place in Berlin on November 17. The Otto Brenner Special Award is a rather honorific distinction in Germany, destined to German and foreign journalists for “outstanding and excellent journalistic analyses” that were published in the German media.

Otto Brenner Awards are given on a year basis to honour the spirit and heritage of democrat activist and politician Otto Brenner (1907-1972). Although the Special Award for Critical Journalism was primarily created for essays and editorial articles, this year the jury decided for the first time to give it to a documentary film, AGORΑ, the film-arc of the Greek Crisis, which was broadcasted by Public Television WDR in February and received an overwhelming response by audiences in Germany.

At the packed venue of Pullman Schweizerhof in Berlin, journalist and jurist Heribert Prantl, head of the domestic policy department of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, delivered the Otto Brenner Special Award to Yorgos Avgeropoulos and read the jury’s statement:

“[...] The film chronicles in 90 minutes more than four years of the European crisis from the Greek point of view. It shows the political and social effects of the crisis through captivating, often astonishing images. [...]The film is a subtle accusation: it tackles all aspects of the crisis with accuracy, thoroughness and attention to detail. The fatal results of the so-called rescue politics of the EU for the Greek society have rarely been brought so close to us as in this film.
[...]
Greece as a debtor. Watching the film made me think of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’. [...] If it is archaic and immoral that debts are paid with flesh and blood, then what should be said about the burdens, cuts and harsh austerity measures that have been imposed on Greece and other southern EU countries? [...]This work is a great editorial, a compelling essay by means of the documentary film language. The film shows the magnitude of the crisis and its dangerous abyss. It does not simply illustrate but rather stimulates intensive discussion. This is the most important thing that documentary film can achieve.”

Other Otto Brenner Awards in 2015 were given to: Ashwin Raman for the reportage “The 13th Year – The Lost War in Afghanistan” (Die Story im Ersten, SWR/ARD, 1st Prize), Silja Kummer for the article series “A Fistful of Dollars” (Heidenheimer Zeitung, 2nd Prize) and Jochen Leufgens, Robert Kempe, Daniel Hechler, and Florian Bauer for the reportage “The selling football - Sepp Blatter and the power of FIFA” (The Story of the First, WDR / SWR, 3rd Prize).

 

AGORA AT THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRIMED IN MARSEILLE

AGORΑ participates in the International Competition of the 19th International Film Festival of Mediterranean Film & Reportage PriMed (5-12 December 2015) in Marseille, France.

This year’s festival competition features 24 films representing 18 countries, among which 3 films from Greece. AGORΑ has been programmed in the competition category “Mediterranean Challenges”. The film will screen on Thursday 10 December at 17:30 at Villa Méditerrannée.

 

WATCH AGORA ON VOD

While the film’s international tour continues, AGORΑ is also available worldwide through online streaming at Vimeo On Demand in five languages: Greek, English, French, German and Spanish.

Watch it at agora.smallplanet.gr

AGORA International Screenings in November

The international tour of AGORΑ continues with screenings in the UK, Germany, Poland and Guatemala during November. Online distribution through Vimeo On Demand continues while the collector’s AGORA DVD Box Set including the original soundtrack is coming soon!

 

AT THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MEMORIA VERDAD JUSTICIA IN GUATEMALA

AGORΑ travels to Latin America to participate in the 7th International Film Festival Memoria Verdad Justicia in Guatemala. The film will screen on Thursday, November 5 at 18:30 at Cine Lux in Guatemala City.

 

AT LEICESTER DOCFILM FESTIVAL

Leicester Docfilm Festival in association with the Media & Democracy Research Group, University of Leicester organizes a screening of AGORΑ in the context of the Documentary Media Month hosted at the Documentary Media Centre in Leicester. The screening of AGORΑ is scheduled on Friday, November 20 at 18:00 and will be followed by a Q&A session via Skype with film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos.

 

AT MUNICH GREEK FILM WEEK

AGORΑ will screen at the 29th Munich Greek Film Week (November 12-22). This year’s event will showcase 13 recent Greek fiction and documentary feature films as well a selection of short films. AGORΑ will screen on Sunday November 22 at 17:00 at the Gasteig Cultural Centre in Munich.

 

AT HUMANDOC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN WARSAW

AGORΑ has been selected to participate in the International Competition of HumanDoc International Film Festival (November 20-22) in Warsaw. This year’s festival will present 17 films recently produced in 31 countries all over the world. AGORΑ will screen on Sunday, November 22 at 12:00 at Kinoteka.

 

WATCH AGORA ON VOD

While the film’s international tour continues, AGORΑ is also available worldwide through online streaming at Vimeo On Demand in five languages: Greek, English, French, German and Spanish.

Watch it at agora.smallplanet.gr

The Otto Brenner Special Award to the greek documentary film AGORA by Yorgos Avgeropoulos!

"A citizen's first duty is not peace and submission to authority, but criticism and permanent democratic vigilance."
Otto Brenner, 1968


This year’s Otto Brenner Special Award for Critical Journalism by the German Otto Brenner Foundation goes to Greek documentary filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos for his film AGORΑ. The Otto Brenner Special Award is a rather honorific distinction given to German and foreign journalists for “outstanding and excellent journalistic analyzes in the category Opinion, Interpretation, Comment” that were published in the German media.

AGORΑ, which was broadcasted in Germany by Public Television WDR and screened at the International Documentary Film Festival of Munich DOK.FEST as well as in other German cities such as Berlin, Leipzig, Münster and Ulm, attempts a thorough retrospection of the Greek crisis since its early stage while tracing its impact on Greek society through 4 dark years: the rapid impoverishment suffered by Greek citizens, the rise of fascism as well as the emergence of solidarity movements are scrutinized through long-time observation and documentation by Greek documentary filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos. At the same time the film seeks answers to crucial questions regarding an international systemic crisis in progress and a European governance conducting economic experiments to the detriment of human lives.

Otto Brenner Awards are given on a year basis to honour the spirit and heritage of democrat activist and politician Otto Brenner (1907-1972). Although the Special Award for Critical Journalism was primarily created for essays and editorial articles, this year the jury decided for the first time to give it to a documentary film, AGORΑ.

The jury awarded the Special Otto Brenner Prize to AGORΑ based on the following statement:
“The film about the crisis in Greece, about poverty and national debt is a subtle prosecution: it consolidates the facets of the crisis with accuracy, precision and fastidious passion. The fatal consequences of the so called EU rescue policy for the Greek society have rarely been displayed as insistently as in this film. This work is a great editorial article, an enthralling essay with the special instruments of the documentary film. The film shows the dimensions of the crisis and its dangerous abysm. It does not just portray, it also motivates intensive discussions. This is the best that a documentary film can achieve.”

Other Otto Brenner Awards in 2015 were given to: Ashwin Raman for the reportage “The 13th Year – The Lost War in Afghanistan” (Die Story im Ersten, SWR/ARD, 1st Prize), Silja Kummer for the article series “A Fistful of Dollars” (Heidenheimer Zeitung, 2nd Prize) and Jochen Leufgens, Robert Kempe, Daniel Hechler, and Florian Bauer for the reportage “The selling football - Sepp Blatter and the power of FIFA” (The Story of the First, WDR / SWR, 3rd Prize).

The Otto Brenner Awards will be delivered to the winners at the awards ceremony that will take place on November 17 in Berlin.


UPCOMING SCREENINGS AROUND THE WORLD

Festivals and other screenings in France, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, Australia and Guatemala are scheduled in November and December. More news coming soon!


WATCH AGORA ON VOD

While international festivals, broadcasts and other screenings continue, AGORΑ is also available worldwide through online streaming at Vimeo On Demand in five languages: Greek, English, French, German and Spanish.

Watch it at agora.smallplanet.gr

AGORA autumn screenings around the world

Autumn is here and AGORΑ screenings are coming in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Scotland, Canada and the US!
Online distribution through Vimeo On Demand continues whereas the collector’s AGORA DVD Box Set including the original soundtrack by Yiannis Paxevanis on CD is set to be released very soon…


FIRST NATIONAL BROADCAST IN CANADA

AGORΑ will have its first national broadcast in Canada by the public network ICI RADIO-CANADA. The Canadian TV will broadcast the 95-minute French version of the film on September 21 and September 22 at 20:00.


SCREENING IN BRISBANE

AGORΑ will screen in Brisbane, capital of Queensland, Australia on Sunday, September 20 at 15:45 as part of the Brisbane Greek & Cypriot Film Festival organized by the Greek Film Society Brisbane at New Farm Cinemas.


SCREENING IN LEIPZIG

AGORΑ will screen in Leipzig, Germany on Saturday, September 26 at 22:00 as part of Mythos Freiheit (The Myth of Freedom), a series of events organized by Cinémathèque Leipzig focusing on the political and cultural dimensions of freedom in democratic societies in the context of globalized market economy.


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AT UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL

In October AGORΑ travels to California to participate in the International Documentary Competition of the United Nations Association Film Festival (15-25 October). AGORΑ is the only Greek production selected for this year’s festival, which will present 60 films from 52 countries. It will screen on Tuesday, October 20 at 19:00 at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AT BRUSSELS FESTIVAL OF LIBERTIES

AGORΑ will have its Belgian festival premiere at the International Documentary Competition of the Festival des Libertés on Saturday, October 24 at 20:45 at the Théâtre National in Brussels. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Yorgos Avgeropoulos and International Federation for Human Rights member Elena Crispi.


SCREENINGS AT GREEK FILM FESTIVAL OF AUSTRALIA

AGORΑ participates in the 22nd Greek Film Festival of Australia (October 14 – November 29) which showcases the most recent Greek films in 5 cities. AGORΑ will screen on Sunday, October 18 in Sydney (Palace Norton Street, 13:45) and on Saturday, October 31 in Melbourne (Palace Cinema Como, 14:00). The full festival program will be announced soon.


SCREENING AT DOCUMENT INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

AGORΑ will have its Scottish premiere at Document - International Human Rights Film Festival on Saturday, October 17 (Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts, 12.30).


AT THE EURO-MEDITERRANEAN DOCUMENTARY MARKET MEDIMED

AGORΑ participates at the 16th edition of MEDIMED, the Euro-Mediterranean Documentary Market which will take place in Sitges, Spain on October 9-11, 2015.


Festivals and other screenings in France, Germany, Guatemala and Poland are scheduled in November and December. More news coming soon!


WATCH AGORA ON VOD

While international festivals, broadcasts and other screenings continue, AGORΑ is also available worldwide through online streaming at Vimeo On Demand in five languages: Greek, English, French, German and Spanish.

Watch it at agora.smallplanet.gr

AGORA summer screenings around the world

ASIAN PREMIERE AT EBS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL & BROADCAST BY EBS NATIONAL TELEVISION IN SOUTH KOREA

AGORΑ will have its Asian premiere at EBS International Documentary Festival (24–30 August 2015) hosted in Seoul, South Korea, renowned as one of Asia’s most prestigious documentary festivals. The documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis is one of the 10 documentaries featuring in this year’s competition. The film will screen twice on August 27 at 18:40 and August 29 at 12:00. It will also be broadcasted by South Korea’s National Television EBS on August 25 at 21:30.


INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTS BY AL JAZEERA ENGLISH

In times when citizens need to reflect on the events of the past four years in order to grasp the current dramatic events in Greece and Europe, AGORΑ's recent broadcasts are received with growing interest. Satellite network AL JAZEERA ENGLISH presented the English TV version of the documentary (2 episodes of 48 minutes) in July, arousing the vivid interest of viewers all around the world.


BROADCAST BY AUSTRIA’S PUBLIC TELEVISION ORF

Broadcast by Austria’s National Television ORF on July 1 was also received with great interest by a significant number of viewers: 390,000 people watched the film thus giving it a 30% in ratings, the highest in a year for this TV slot in Austria. These impressive ratings confirm the growing need for alternative in-depth information by citizens in Europe.


CANADIAN PREMIERE AT CINEMA SOUS LES ETOILES IN MONTREAL

AGORΑ had its Canadian premiere at Cinéma sous les étoiles (26 June – 8 September), a summer festival which showcases a rich selection of international social documentaries in Montreal’s public parks. AGORΑ screened on July 20 and will screen again on August 19 at 20:30.


SCREENING AT FILM FORUM IN VITORIA-GASTEIZ

AGORΑ will screen in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country, Spain) on Tuesday 25 August at 20:00 as part of a Film Forum organized by Icono Difusión Cultural for the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council. The film will be presented by Dora Makri, Greek journalist and correspondent in Madrid.

Festivals, screenings and broadcasts in Belgium, France, Germany, UK, Canada and USA will follow. More news coming soon!


ONLINE DISTRIBUTION THROUGH VIDEO ON DEMAND

While its international course at film festivals, TV networks and cinema theaters around the world continues, AGORΑ has become available worldwide through online streaming at Vimeo On Demand in five languages: Greek, English, French, German and Spanish.

In the first two weeks of the VOD release, hundreds of viewers in more than 30 countries had the chance to see a film that documents the effects of austerity policies during the first four years of the ongoing Greek crisis.

The VOD is available at agora.smallplanet.gr


A SPECIAL DVD BOX SET IN SEPTEMBER

A special AGORΑ DVD Box Set (Greek/English) will be released in September! It will include a CD with the original soundtrack by Yiannis Paxevanis and a special booklet about the film and its makers.

AGORA worldwide release on Video On Demand

"Cinema is valuable when it is national, when it comes from the soul of a country. Recently I was not impressed by a film, but rather by the documentary film AGORA."
Costa-Gavras, Interview at VIMAgazino

"It would be nice if our government team would take the time to look at such films in order not to lose touch with reality – in order to remember that the aim of its policy is to prevent such conditions instead of causing them."
Orlando Pascheit, NachDenkSeiten

"Perhaps the most important documentary of the year."
Thomas Schneider, Haus des Dokumentarfilms


After a successful international course at film festivals, TV networks and cinema theaters around the world, AGORΑ by Yorgos Avgeropoulos now has its online premiere worldwide!

The documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis has been released as VOD (Video On Demand) for online streaming via Vimeo On Demand. The film is available in Greek, English, French, German and Spanish.

The release started on Wednesday, July 1 at 13:00 GMT at agora.smallplanet.gr.


Winner of the Best Documentary Film Orpheus Award at Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and of the Best Pitched Project Award at FIPA INDUSTRY 2014 in France, AGORΑ had its world premiere at CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (November 2014) and was theatrically released in Greece in mid-January 2015, ten days before the national elections.

AGORΑ has been presented in cinemas and on TV in many languages all around the world and mostly in Europe, receiving an overwhelming response by audiences in Germany. It has been officially selected at major documentary film festivals whereas it will have its premiere in South Korea and Canada soon. It is also scheduled to be broadcasted in English by Al Jazeera. And the journey goes on…


A SPECIAL DVD BOX SET IN SEPTEMBER

A special AGORΑ DVD Box Set (Greek/English) will be released in September! It will include a CD with the original soundtrack composed by Yiannis Paxevanis and a special booklet about the film and its makers.

Festival screenings and TV broadcasts are scheduled to follow in Canada, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Canada, South Africa and South Korea. More information will be available soon!

Best Documentary Award for AGORA at Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

AGORΑ by Yorgos Avgeropoulos received the Best Documentary award at the 9th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. The Orpheus Awards Ceremony took place on Sunday night June 7th at the fully packed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

At the ceremony, director Yorgos Avgeropoulos sent his warmest greetings from Athens with a brief but significant speech:"I would like to thank you and the organizers of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival for the hospitality of the film and their warm hearts. I hope AGORA contributes in a deeper understanding of Greece and Europe's financial and social crisis. I think time has come to ask ourselves: What is the biggest achievement of Europe? Is it Market's Economy? Or Democracy? I believe the biggest achievement of Europe is Democracy and we now have to defend it, day by day."

This year’s festival Jury were Gary Mairs, Associate Dean of the School of Film/Video at CalArts, Anastas Michos, ASC, Director of Photography, John Sideropoulos, Founder of 3 Ring Circus and Mark Roybal, Executive Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox.

The Jury awarded “Stratos” by Yannis Economides as Best Feature Film, AGORΑ by Yorgos Avgeropoulos as Best Documentary Film and “Citizen Day” by Basile Doganis as Best Short Film. “Beneath the Olive Tree” by Stavroula Toska received the Van Vlachakis Award and this year’s Audience Award went to “A Family Affair” by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou.


LATIN AMERICAN PREMIERE COMING SOON

AGORΑ will also have its Latin American premiere at the 16th Buenos Aires International Human Rights Film Festival (17-24 June 2015) and will screen as part of the International Feature Film Competition together with 15 films representing 14 countries. There will be two screenings, on Tuesday 23 June at 20:30 (Alianza Francesa) and on Wednesday 24 June at 22:30 (BAMA).

More information about upcoming screenings of AGORΑ in Greece and the rest of the world will follow soon.

AGORA premieres in the US and Latin America

US PREMIERE AT LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL

AGORΑ will have its official North American premiere at the 9th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (3-7 June 2015), the celebration of Greek Cinema that takes place annually in Los Angeles and presents an eclectic selection of recent fiction and documentary feature films as well as shorts by Greek filmmakers. The documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis has been selected to compete in the Documentary Feature Competition of the festival and will screen at the Spielberg Theatre on Saturday 6 June at 20:00.


LATIN AMERICAN PREMIERE AT BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

AGORΑ will also have its Latin American premiere at the end of this month in Argentina’s capital. The film will premiere at the 16th Buenos Aires International Human Rights Film Festival (17-24 June 2015) and will screen on Tuesday 23 June, 20:30 and Wednesday 24 June, 22:30 as part of the International Feature Film Competition together with 15 films representing 14 countries.


AT THE FESTIVAL OF ECONOMICS IN TRENTO

AGORΑ will have its Italian premiere at the 10th Festival of Economics in Trento (29 May – 2 June 2015). The film will screen on Saturday 30 May at 19:00 at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento. The screening will be preceded by a debate on the policy followed by the EU in Greece coordinated by sociologist Mario Diani. Film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will be available after the screening for debate with the audience.


SCREENINGS IN GREECE AND SWITZERLAND

Screenings by film societies and cultural organizations in Greece continue. On Wednesday 27 May at 21:30, AGORΑ will screen by Diavassi Pezon in Serres, Northern Greece. On Wednesday 3 June at 21:00 and 23:00, Ilioupoli Film Society will screen the film at Melina Merkouri Cinema in Athens. The screening at 21:00 will be followed by Q&A with the director.

A further screening is scheduled to follow in Europe. On Thursday 4 June at 18:45, AGORΑ will screen at the University of Zurich as the closing film of the Documentary Festival Film & Discussion Nights organized by the Zurich Greek Society and the Zurich Greek Students Union.

More information about upcoming screenings of AGORΑ in Greece and the rest of the world will follow soon.

Praising responses at the premiere of AGORA in Munich International Documentary Film Festival DOK.FEST 2015

News - DOK FEST 2015The audience received AGORΑ with a particularly praising response at its German festival premiere on the night of May 14th at the 30th International Documentary Film Festival DOK.FEST.

The film premiered at the fully packed Rio Filmpalast in the presence of film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos who held a vivid Q&A session after the screening. During the thought-provoking debate that followed, the filmmaker shared with the audience images and realities of the Greek crisis, which the mainstream media in Germany rarely convey and which thus remain unknown to the German audience.

German spectators expressed their solidarity with the Greek people by stating that they cannot accept the strangulation of another European people by the policies implemented by the German government.

During the debate, the issue of European policies in Greece was furthermore addressed by Mr Kostas Giannakakos, Head of the Greek House in Munich, Mr Fotis Markou, economist and entrepreneur, and Mr Bernhard Zangl, Professor of Political Science at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. They all stressed that the formula of austerity policies that have been imposed in order to reduce Greece’s deficit has failed, leading Greece to increased poverty and inequality as well as to the rise of fascism within the Greek society.

DOK.FEST Munich hosted two additional screenings of the film on Friday May 15th at Rio Filmpalast and on Sunday May 17th at Munich’s Cultural Centre Gasteig.

On Monday 18 May at 20:00, AGORΑ was screened at the Department of Political Education of the Ulmer Volkshochschule in Ulm, city of the Baden-Württemberg state in Southern Germany.


A SPECIAL SCREENING EVENT IN LONDON

AGORΑ was screened at the School of Oriental and African Studies - University of London on Monday 18 May at 17:30, in the context of this year’s International School entitled Illusions of democracy and the media: contested visions and political dynamics organized by SOAS University, Goldsmiths University and the University of Padova, with the participation of 26 researchers from 13 universities and many students.

More information about upcoming screenings of AGORΑ in Greece and the rest of the world will follow soon.

AGORA at Munich International Documentary Film Festival DOK.FEST

AGORΑ will have its German festival premiere at the 30th International Documentary Film Festival DOK.FEST in Munich (May 7-15, 2015), one of the major documentary film festivals in Germany and Europe. 146 films from 37 countries have been selected, AGORΑ being the only Greek production featuring in this year’s programme. The documentary film-arc of the Greek Crisis has been officially selected for the DOK.Money section, a film programme focusing on various aspects of today’s global economy. Film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will attend the premiere on May 14th and will hold a Q&A session with the audience. Two more screenings on May 15th and 17th will follow.


FURTHER SCREENINGS IN GERMANY

German audiences’ longing for an alternative understanding of the Greek crisis has led to upcoming AGORΑ screenings in three German cities. After its first TV broadcast by German Public Television WDR, the film will screen on April 16th at the Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin as part of a special event dedicated to Greece and Europe. It will also screen in Münster in a special screening organized by the Greek-German Society and Attac Münster on May 11th and at the Ulmer Volkshochschule in Ulm on May 18th.


SCREENINGS IN GREECE AND ABROAD

Yorgos Avgeropoulos has been invited by the Greek Cinema Club of Luxembourg to present AGORΑ at Ciné Utopia in Luxembourg on April 21st. A second screening of the film will follow on April 22nd. On April 24th, the film will screen in Athens as part of the special tribute to Greek documentary film WITH EYES WIDE OPEN organized by the Greek Documentary Association, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and Technopolis City of Athens. On May 8th, the film will screen at the Atalanti Film Society. Film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will attend the screenings in Athens and Atalanti and will hold Q&A with the audiences.

More information about upcoming screenings of AGORΑ by film societies and cultural clubs in Greece and the rest of the world will follow soon.

Costa-Gavras: “I was impressed by AGORA”

“Cinema is valuable when it is national, when it comes from the soul of a country”. This was the key-phrase used by prominent Greek-French filmmaker Costa-Gavras when asked about his views on Greek cinema in an interview at VIMAgazino.

“Recently I was not impressed by a film, but rather by the documentary film Agora”, said the director of Academy-awarded “Z” (Interview in Greek here).

This is not the first time that Costa-Gavras has referred to the documentary film AGORΑ by Yorgos Avgeropoulos. He was actually one of the first to support it by acknowledging its contribution to collective memory and to the documentation of one of the most difficult periods in modern Greece’s post-war history: “I watched your film with great interest and often with intense emotion. It is a serious and important film, which depicts the terrible times that the Greek people are going through. Your film is a historical fact. I hope that change will come soon.”


PARTICIPATION AT THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

After a rather successful national theatrical release and while screening events and broadcasts continue both in Greece and abroad, AGORΑ, the documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, will participate in Greece’s most important documentary film event, the 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (13-22 March 2015). The film will screen at the Greek Panorama section twice, on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March. Both screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with director Yorgos Avgeropoulos.

AGORA will also screen at the Thessaloniki Film Museum (Takis Kanellopoulos theater) on Wednesday 1 April and Wednesday 8 April.


FIRST TV BROADCAST IN SWITZERLAND

Following broadcasts in Germany (WDR), the Arab world (Al Jazeera Arabic), Finland (YLE), Spain (TVC) and Belgium (RTBF), Switzerland comes next. AGORΑ will have its first Swiss TV broadcast by RSI on Monday 30 March at 22:20.


UPCOMING TV BROADCASTS IN GERMANY

AGORΑ is also scheduled to be broadcasted by the German documentary channel PHOENIX on Saturday 21 March at 22:30 as well as EINSFESTIVAL, the digital channel of Germany's biggest public broadcaster ARD on Tuesday 24 March (15:20), Wednesday 25 March (05:30 & 09:00) and Saturday 28 March (08:50).


SCREENINGS AT FILM SOCIETIES IN GREECE AND CYPRUS

More and more screenings are organized by film societies, thus giving AGORΑ the chance to meet audiences in many Greek cities. The film is scheduled to screen by Katerini Film Society (18 March), Preveza Film Society (19 March), Kos Film Society (27 March), Samothraki Film Society (4 April), Trenotechneion arts venue at Kyparissia (28 March), Lefkada Film Society (1 April), Karystos Film Society (1 April), Nisyros Cultural Club (1 April) while its tour in Cyprus continues with upcoming screenings in Paphos (23 March), Deryneia (30 March) and Larnaca (2 April).

More information about upcoming screenings of AGORΑ by film societies and cultural clubs in Greece and the rest of the world will follow soon.

Upcoming screenings & broadcasts in Greece and abroad

FIRST TV BROADCAST IN BELGIUM

After its first TV broadcasts in Germany (WDR), the Arab world (Al Jazeera Arabic), Finland (YLE) and Spain (TVC), more and more TV networks program AGORΑ, the documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, in an effort to introduce their viewers to a revealing and thorough analysis of the effects caused by austerity policies in Greece at a time when such policies expand in Europe. Belgium comes next: AGORΑ will have shortly its Belgian premiere, with two TV broadcasts being scheduled by Public Television RTBF on Thursday 26 February at 21:15 and on Saturday 28 February at 22:50.


IN CINEMAS AND FILM SOCIETIES IN GREECE AND ABROAD

Now entering the 7th week of its national theatrical release, AGORΑ continues screening daily at AAVORA Cinema in Athens and TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS Cinema in Thessaloniki. At the same time, the film travels all around Greece and abroad, hosted by film societies and cultural clubs.

Screenings have been scheduled in various Greek cities and abroad in the following weeks. The film will screen at Itea Film Society in Itea (Saturday 28 February, 19:30), at Cultural Club Proodos in Kalymnos Island (Sunday 1 March, 20:00), at Lithografion Theatre in Patras (Wednesday 4 March, 19:00 & 22:00 and Thursday 5 March, 22:00), at Greek Film Society Sidney in Sidney, Australia (Thursday 12 March, 19:00), at Cultural Club Kampos in Ikaria Island (Friday 6 March, 22:00), at Hellenic Circle Cultural Society in Brussels, Belgium (Sunday 8 March, 18:30), at Alexandroupoli Film Society in Alexandroupoli (Monday 9 March, 21:30) and at the Arts Venue Trenotechneion in Kyparissia (Saturday 28 March, 21:00). Yorgos Avgeropoulos will attend the screenings at Itea, Kyparissia and Brussels and will have Q&A sessions with the audiences.


FIVE UPCOMING SCREENINGS IN CYPRUS

AGORΑ will soon begin its journey in Cyprus, hosted by the Cultural Movement of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour. The film will have its Cyprian premiere in Nicosia (Monday 2 March, 19:30, PFL Theatre) and the screening will be followed by Q&A with the director. Screenings will follow in Limassol (Tuesday 3 March, 19:30 Technological University of Cyprus), in Larnaca (Monday 16 March, 19:30, Cultural Centre of Ammochostou Cooperative Savings Society) and in Paphos (Monday 23 March, 19:30, PFL Theatre). On Wednesday 11 March at 20:30, the film will be screened by Larnaka Famagusta Cinema Society in Larnaca.

More information about upcoming screenings of AGORΑ by film societies and cultural clubs in Greece and the rest of the world will follow soon.

Hailing responses after AGORA’s first broadcast by German Public Television WDR

Particularly welcoming responses in the German Press followed the first broadcast of AGORΑ by German Public Television WDR whereas viewers shared their spontaneous praises and reflections in the social media.

“Perhaps #Varoufakis could invite #Schäuble to view @gavgero's @agorathedoc together @WDR” was suggested via Twitter on the very same day that the finance ministers of Greece and Germany met in Berlin; it was also the day of the German broadcast premiere of the film. A thorough overview by Diogenis Dimitrakopoulos at Deutsche Welle reflects on the impact of this first broadcast of the film in Germany and presents the views of director Yorgos Avgeropoulos and the head of the Documentary Film Department of WDR, Jutta Krug who stated: “By broadcasting AGORA we hope to contribute to a differentiated and multifaceted examination of the Greek problem, in other words to present a point of view coming from within, whose dynamics have a major historical dimension. We wanted to give an alternative dimension to a particularly complex topic and we have been rewarded. This is really what public television is meant for. What government politics think about it is a secondary issue”.

Haus des Dokumentarfilms in Stuttgart published a glorifying critical overview of the film: “It is perhaps the most important documentary film of the year” according to Thomas Schneider, who focused on the humanitarian aspects of the crisis that has plagued Greece in the last four years. On the German website of critical views NachDenkSeiten, Orlando Pascheit commented: “It would be nice if our government team would take the time to look at such films in order not to lose touch with reality - in order to remember that the aim of its policy is to prevent such conditions instead of causing them”.

Prominent Greek-French film director Costa-Gavras also honoured Yorgos Avgeropoulos with a poignant commentary about both the film and the contemporary Greek tragedy: “I watched your film with great interest and often with intense emotion. It is a serious and important film, which depicts the terrible times that the Greek people are going through. Your film is a historical fact. I hope that change will come soon.”

Both the director Yorgos Avgeropoulos and the editorial team of WDR have been receiving touching messages by viewers of the film. “Now everybody here in Germany can see the truth”, “A very important film for citizens worldwide”, “I wish it will open more eyes” are some particularly revealing comments among many that were posted on the social media. Praising messages also followed the film’s first broadcast in Finland. Finnish citizens sent their solidarity greetings: “Thank you for your impressive, touching, thought-provoking documentary”, “Hope everyone in Finland, everyone in Europe sees it. And solidarity to the people of Greece!”

In the meantime, AGORΑ continues its journey in Greece. Now entering the fifth week of its national theatrical release, the film still screens at AAVORA in Athens, TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS in Thessaloniki and VITSENTZOS KORNAROS in Heraklion, Crete while it will also start screening at CINELAND PANTELIS in Rethymno, Crete.

On Friday, February 20th at 21:15 the film will screen at Lamia Film Society (Lamia city) and on Saturday, February 28th at 19:30 at Itea Film Society (Itea city). The director will attend both screenings in order to discuss with the audience.

More information about upcoming screenings of AGORΑ by film societies and cultural clubs in Greece, Cyprus and the rest of the world will follow soon.

AGORA enters the fourth week of its theatrical release in Greece

By virtue of a continuously welcoming response of audiences, AGORΑ by Yorgos Avgeropoulos enters the fourth week of its theatrical release in Greece while its first broadcasts have already been programmed abroad. Mr. Notis Forsos, Head Manager of Olympion Cinema and of the Film Museum in Thessaloniki comments: “I do not know if the film’s success could be considered surprising but it surely is impressive, at a moment in which cinema, commercial films included, goes through a box office crisis. The theater reminded us of festival days. We had a double full house, which is quite rare for commercially released films”.

The film will continue screening at AAVORA and STUDIO theaters in Athens, OLYMPION and TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS theaters in Thessaloniki and VITSENTZOS KORNAROS theater in Heraklion, Crete. On February 5th it will start screening at ΑΤΤΙΚΟΝ in Chania, Crete and on February 12th at CINELAND PANTELIS in Rethymno, Crete.

On Friday, February 6th at 18:30, film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will introduce AGORΑ at VITSENTZOS KORNAROS theater in Heraklion, Crete. The screening will be followed by Q&A and discussion with the audience. On Saturday February 7th at 19:45, Yorgos Avgeropoulos will discuss with the audience of AGORΑ at ΑΤΤΙΚΟΝ theater in Chania, Crete.

AGORΑ also begins its journey to film societies throughout Greece. It will screen on Thursday, February 5th at 21:00 at Naxos Film Society (Naxos island), on Friday, February 20th at 21:15 at Lamia Film Society (Lamia city) and on Saturday, February 28th at 19:30 at Itea Film Society (Itea city). The director has been invited and will attend the screenings in Lamia and Itea in order to discuss with the audience.

More information about upcoming screenings of AGORΑ by film societies and cultural clubs in Greece, Cyprus and the rest of the world will follow soon.

AGORA’s first international TV broadcasts

Just before entering the 4th week of its theatrical release in Greece, AGORΑ, the documentary film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, will shortly reach wider audiences abroad. The first TV broadcasts of the film have been programmed by the film’s co-producers in the Arab world and in Germany whereas a national broadcast will follow in Finland.

AGORΑ will be broadcast by AL JAZEERA ARABIC in two parts of 48 minutes each (watch the trailer here). The first part will be broadcast on Wednesday 4 February at 17:05 and the second part on Wednesday 11 February at 17:05.

On Thursday 5 February at 23:15 the 90-minute version of the film will be broadcast by public German television WDR (detailed information here).

On Monday 9 February at 21:30, AGORΑ will be broadcast by public Finnish television YLE (detailed information here).

AGORA’s theatrical release spreads throughout Greece

After its French premiere at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes FIPA 2015 in Biarritz (23 January 2015) and just before entering the third week of its national theatrical release, AGORΑ, the film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, receives an overwhelming response by audiences throughout Greece. The film will continue screening at AAVORA, ALKYONIS and STUDIO theaters in Athens as well as at PAVLOS ZANNAS and TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS theaters in Thessaloniki. It also screens at VITSENTZOS KORNAROS theater in Heraklion, Crete while on January 29th it will start screening at CINE PALLAS in Arta, on February 5th at ATTIKON in Chania, Crete and on February 12th at CINELAND PANTELIS in Rethymno, Crete.

An impressive mosaic that elucidates the last four years of the Greek crisis, AGORΑ is a cinematic antidote to oblivion, a film that urges us to reflect on Europe’s present and future. The film presents a recapped chronicle of the fall, investigating the political and economic high-risk experiments in Europe as well as its tragic consequences on the lives of ordinary Greek citizens.

On Friday January 30th at 8 pm, film director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will introduce the screening of AGORΑ at the STUDIO theater in Athens. The screening will be followed by Q&A and discussion with the audience.

From February 2015 and on, the theatrical distribution of AGORΑ will gradually expand to other Greek cities whereas it will start broadcasting by TV networks in Europe and Asia.

AGORA’s national theatrical release continues and grows

After a rather successful first week of its national theatrical release, AGORΑ, the film-arc of the Greek crisis by Yorgos Avgeropoulos will continue screening at the AAVORA, ALKYONIS and STUDIO theaters in Athens as well as the PAVLOS ZANNAS and TAKIS KANELLOPOULOS theaters in Thessaloniki. The film will also start screening at the VITSENTZOS KORNAROS theater in Heraklion, Crete.

On Friday January 23, at 8 pm, the director Yorgos Avgeropoulos will introduce the screening of AGORΑ at AAVORA theater (Ippokratous 180, Athens). The screening will be followed by Q&A with the director.

On Friday January 23, at 8 pm, AGORΑ will have its French premiere at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes FIPA 2015 in Biarritz. In 2014, the film was awarded as the Best Pitched Project at FIPA Industry.

From February 2015 and on, the theatrical distribution of AGORΑ will gradually expand to other Greek cities whereas it will start broadcasting by TV networks in Europe and Asia.

Theatrical release in Greece (15 January 2015)

After its world premiere at CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, AGORΑ will have its national premiere and theatrical release in cinemas on January 15th 2015, during a pre-election period that finds Greek citizens amidst a social and economic crisis without a visible end.

The film will screen at the historical cinema theaters Aavora, Alkyonis and Studio in downtown Athens as well as the Olympion theater in Thessaloniki. The distribution will gradually expand to other Greek cities.

In four years of production and research, AGORΑ encloses the longtime observation of people from different social classes combined with key political events with severe consequences on the lives of Greeks. The film critically presents the viewpoints of important personalities of Greece’s political leadership and analysts from the international political and economic scene. An impressive mosaic that elucidates the last four years of the Greek crisis, AGORΑ is a cinematic antidote to oblivion, a film which urges us to reflect on Europe’s present and future.

AGORΑ is an international co-production between Small Planet (Greece), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Germany) and Al Jazeera Arabic (Qatar). The Greek theatrical release will be followed by a French festival premiere at FIPA (20-25 January 2015) and the film will start broadcasting by TV networks in Europe and Asia on February 2015.

World premiere in CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (9 November 2014)

News - CPH:DOXAfter four years of research and production, AGORA, the long-awaited documentary film by Yorgos Avgeropoulos has just been completed. The film-ark of the Greek Crisis will have its world premiere on November 9 at the upcoming CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (November 6-16, 2014).
AGORA proposes a recapped chronicle of the social tragedy that has been plaguing Greece during the last five years whereas it investigates the global systemic crisis in progress and the recent European governance that has been conducting high-risk economic experiments without reckoning the cost of human lives.

The 90-minute version of the film will premier in CPH:DOX new programme MEGATRENDS, a cross-disciplinary programme about participation and democracy focusing on current trends in the social, political and technological fields. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Yorgos Avgeropoulos.

FIPA INDUSTRY: And The Best Project is... AGORÁ (January 2013)

News - FIPA IndustryThe documentary on the Greek financial crisis, which Yorgos Avgeropoulos has been preparing for the last 4 years, was presented in France and awarded by the commisioning editors at FIPA INDUSTRY!

At FIPA, the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs that is hosted every year in Biarritz, France, Yorgos Avgeropoulos presented his latest, ongoing documentary titled AGORÁ. AGORÁ is a four-year-long project, a feature film – documentary, which has been being filmed since the beginning of the crisis.

The director and producer Yorgos Avgeropoulos talked about AGORÁ before the commissioning editors from Europe’s and North America’s major television networks on Thursday, January 23rd, at the packed theater of FIPA Industry, where 17 fiction and documentary projects from France, Spain, the U.K., Belgium, Germany, Canada and Hungary were presented. Those were the ones selected out of 126 submitted proposals. Agora’s presentation lasted 7 minutes, during which the Greek director presented a 3-minute-long teaser.

On the following day the representatives of the television networks honored Agora at a special ceremony as the best project presented during the pitching. The delegate of FIPA for Greece, cinematographer Mr. Alexis Grivas received the 2,000€ prize on behalf of Yorgos Avgeropoulos, who was returning to Greece.

It was the third award Yorgos received from FIPA. In 2007 he won the prestigius FIPA D' ARGENT (Silver FIPA) in the current affairs competition category for his documentary Delta, Oil's Dirty Business and in 2009 the Young Europeans Jury Prize for the film The Blood of Kouan Kouan.