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Raw Material
Year:  2011
Running Time:  78 minutes
Country:  Greece
Language:  Greek with English subtitles
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Playhouse Theater, 40 Main Street, Tiburon
Showtime:   Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 03:20 PM
Director:  Christos Karakepelis

Description:
  Three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek: a mere sample of the endless army of desperados who live in a string of shanty towns in the shadow of the Acropolis, recycling the metal of an entire nation; heroes of RAW MATERIAL and raw material themselves. From the dustbins to the toxic junkyards of downtown Athens, the metal they collect becomes the foundation of the insane world in which they – and we – live. RAW MATERIAL charts the course of this band of hunter-gatherers in today’s Europe.

Director Christos Karakepelis spent six years putting this film together and thus offers the viewer an utterly authentic perspective on the lives of people for whom, as one of them described it, scrap metal is both their “treasure and mistress.”

This impressive documentary, with its wealth of compelling footage, in spite of its theme maintains a serene atmosphere throughout and dispenses with all traces of cheap sentiment. Its impact is thus all the more powerful.


Screening with: Matador on the Road

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Festivals:

- Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2011, competition
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2011, competition
- Hamburg International Film Festival, Germany, 2011
- Zurich International Film Festival, 2011, competition
- Reykjavik International Film Festival, 2011
- DocFest 2011, Chalkida, competition
- Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2012



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