LIFE FOR SALE
LIFE FOR SALE
Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Greece / 2009 / 60'
LIFE FOR SALE
Yorgos Avgeropoulos
Greece / 2009 / 60'

What would life be like if all of the planet’s water resources—the waters of rivers, lakes and glaciers—fell into the hands of private companies? In Chile, water is not a State-owned asset, but the exclusive property of private individuals and companies who own entire rivers and areas of water as big as Belgium. As a consequence, a prime necessity such as water can cost as much as a house. In the Atacama desert, which is considered to be the driest place on Earth, mining companies own the longest river in Chile, the Rio Loa; its waters are used to wash precious metals, condemning the indigenous peoples and local villagers to a life of thirst and poverty.

Director

Yorgos Avgeropoulos

Born in Athens in 1971, Yorgos Avgeropoulos has worked for Greece’s major television channels as a correspondent in Bosnia, Croatia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Palestine. Since 2000, he has been art director of the documentary series Exandas, which is broadcast on Greek national television (NET). Episodes from the series, which was shot worldwide, have featured at major international festivals and have won prestigious awards such as the Faro d'Oro at the Cagliari festival in 2007. His documentary Delta – Oil’s Dirty Business won awards including Best Film Award at Ecovision in 2007.

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