This film takes a fresh look at the world of Alexander the Great, via material and artistic remains of ancient Macedonian civilization. Through a new perspective the actor Jonathan Hostier, reincarnates Alexander the Great, giving him voice and contemporary breath. The film is punctuated by extracts from Laurent Gaudé’s "The Blue Tiger of the Euphrates”, in an attempt to understand the world of Alexander and the inner motives which led him to the expedition that changed the world.
Exploring new insights into Galileo Galilei' s life and scientific works, we follow one of the greatest men in the History of Science to a journey through intense social, academical and political battles. For the Dawn of Modern Science.
The lives and adventures of Copernicus, Brahe and Kepler take place in an exciting era, when a new vision of the world was born, through the ashes of the stars! These great astronomers changed once and for all, the way people looked at the skies!
For years, the scholars have been trying to find the truth hidden in the myth of the Argonautical expedition. Jason, the young prince of Iolcus, together with his band of Argonauts, sailed to the end of the known world, to Colchis (in present-day Georgia), searching for the Golden Fleece.
This was the first documented expedition in the history of humanity, driven by greed for gold…
When a celebrated sculpture briefly went missing from a Rodin exhibition in Santiago, the "theft" turned out to be a provocative statement, masterminded by a precocious art student.
This is the story of Lidice, levelled and – literally – eradicated by the Nazis in retaliation for the murder of Reinhard Heydrich. However, despite the heavy death toll it paid, the Czech village –twinned with Distomo– not only was not erased from the map but constitutes a symbol in the fight against Fascism.
Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Mimi found "home" at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi's passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood's red carpets. This is the fascinating and moving story of one incredibly strong woman’s survival against all odds.
NOVA Wonders guides the audience to a trip on the borders of science, where researchers deal with some of the biggest questions in life and the universe. In this episode we examine if we can understand what the animals think.
NOVA guides the audience in a tour of a Mathematics mystery – in a daring exploration of the amazing force of Mathematics through the centuries. We discover the signature of mathematics in the vortex of a shell – Nautilus, in the vortex of a galaxy, and in the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Mathematics has been necessary for anything, from the first wireless radio transmissions, to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs particle, and the successful landing of Rover Mars. But from where does their power derive? The astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a team of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers monitor mathematics from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, where everything leads to the absolute mystery: Is mathematics an invention or a discovery?
An ancient analog computer designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. It was recovered in 1900–01 from the Antikythera wreck, a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera. The instrument has been designed and constructed by Greek scientists and dated between 150 to 100 BC. Technological artifacts approaching its complexity and workmanship did not appear again until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks began to be built in Western Europe.
Piripkura sheds light on the tragedy befalling indigenous Amazon people—the systematic violence used against them is a constant menacing presence. Despite the impressive resilience and tenacity of the last of the Piripkura, an inevitable question hangs in the air: how long can it last?
In this portrait of Kostis Papagiorgis we follow the story of the essayist’s life from his birth in 1947 to his death in 2014, discovering the way his writings develop and how his character is reflected in them. This documentary is a jigsaw puzzle, or rather a musical score, composed of Kostis’ words and the images that his writings inspire.
* Awarded at the recent Thessaloniki Film Festival by the Pan-Hellenic Film Critics Association
A journey documentary about three characters, Ali, Amjad and Ahmad, and their transition into a new life. But how long can they wait for it to begin?
The Great Pyramids are the only wonder of the ancient world that still stand today, the greatest of which is the pyramid of Khufu. Many theories have been offered to explain its construction, but none as convincing or unique as this one.
Through the journey of a tomato from the field to the market stall, an activist, a cook of the social kitchen, a chef, a supermarket chain and three representatives of organizations in Athens which operate on different stages of food distribution provide their own explanation regarding the reasons why millions of tons of food end up in landfills, the relation of the phenomenon with the economic crisis, the special characteristics of the Greek overconsumption and the solutions they suggest.
Philippe Charlier sets off for Crete in search of the origins of one of mankind’s major myths: the labyrinth – the maze that enclosed the Minotaur. Accompanied by archaeologist Efthymis Lazongas, he explores the main places of the cults of Antiquity, the island’s caves; and then goes on to discover the great labyrinth located in the centre of Crete –a network of man-made underground tunnels that have been rarely explored and have never been filmed before.
I am here is the voice of all those minors who arrive alone in our country and want to start living, hoping, believing in their future again. I am here is a film about the story of Dine, Magassouba and Omar, three young guys from Africa who came to Palermo, in Italy, after having overcome many obstacles. The documentary becomes a choral testimony of that trip that thousands of migrants are forced to undertake to escape from unimaginable situations. A testimony of an happy ending, full of hope, gratitude and desire for redemption from a future that seemed to be already written.
The meaning of the the exile is determined by the person, who lives it. Today as well as yesterday. If you cannot go back to your homeland, the only way is to build yourself a new home. If you have lost everything else, the only thing left is not to lose yourself.
A lifeguard who teaches refugees how to swim, two blind people communicating through sculpture at the NPO “Lighthouse for the blind”, the preparation of the front page of a big cooperative newspaper, a Syrian cantor and musician, a Congolese feast at Lesvos, a personal ad… What do they all have in common? All these and many more are the pieces of the mosaic depicting a version of the contemporary Greek society characterized by solidarity, by the need to enhance cooperation and reflection on our lives in order to claim a more spiritual every day life. However, at the same time, one can discern the loneliness of those who crave to find a life partner or a friend while fantasizing about an elsewhere. A whole world struggling to look onwards to the future.
Nikos Mamangakis speaks from his heart for the last time. Familiar and unknown, international and local, elitist and popular, he served many musical species and left behind emblematic works. Unique salvaged pieces from his last concert and the rehearsals, important audiovisual material, are framing 84 years of musical life, heritage of passion for the human, art and life.
THE PREHISTORY OF HOMO SAPIENS
How did Homo Sapiens live? What are the major upheavals that changed the way of life of humans? Humans took a long time to tame their environment, learn to make tools, master fire, make shelters or clothes.
THE NEOLITHIC AGE Having lived nomadically as hunter-gatherers, humans of the Neolithic Age quickly became attached to their homes, starting to farm and raise cattle. They built villages and turned to cattle-rearing and agriculture, in order to ensure the survival of themselves and their families.
THE GAULS Owing to their know-how in using iron, the Gauls were excellent farmers, inventive architects, accomplished smiths and energetic merchants.
ROMAN GAUL The Gallo-Roman civilization, as its name suggests, represents the encounter between two worlds, which will give rise to a dynamic and refined culture, affecting all areas of everyday life.
THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES During the Early Middle Ages, the Germanic, Oriental, Celtic and Graeco-Roman cultures fuse into a single religion. In this context of fusion, Christianity brings about a restructuring of urban space, even though most of the population live in the country.
This is a documentary series, which brings children aged 8-12 to face with archaeological discoveries and the looting of antiquities in Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. Children travel into hidden tombs, foreign countries and ancient civilizations to witness the exciting discovery of priceless archaeological artefacts and the dangers these objects face from looters. The films are based on stunning photography of archaeological sites and their surrounding landscape, from the buried tombs of Aidonia in the Peloponnese to a hidden underground cache at El Bahri, Luxor and the plains of Cyprus.
This fascinating documentary investigates one of the major unsolved issues in modern archaeology. Have ancient American civilizations been in regular contact with the Old World long before Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492? If so, seafarers of the Stone Age must have been able to navigate the Atlantic in both directions…
The Olkas was a famous medieval merchant vessel which carried cargos all over Byzantium and outside it. Apart from the goods, it inevitably carried ideas, values, religious convictions and artistic trends which have greatly influenced the cultural heritage of the whole region.
After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.
By the time the peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC-EP was signed (December 2016), a group of more than 200 rebels of the 6th Front entered a Transition and Normalisation Zone in Monteredondo, Cauca. The filmmaker entered this camp in January 2017 and followed several FARC rebels in their demobilisation process throughout the coming year.
In the turmoil following the Iranian revolution that changed not only the political history of Iran but also of the world, pictures of Khomeini and Shariati were everywhere around Tehran. The manifold diversity of slogans added new colours to the city. The walls of the city became the social and political thermometre of Iranian society. A new space for public expression was born