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at one with tajikistan

IN 2014, Greek filmmakers Myrto Papadopoulos and Angelos Tsaousis wrapped up their documentary film “The New Plastic Road” (2014), which examines the rapid economic and social change among isolated communities in Tajikistan’s mountainous Pamirs zone. They felt a calling to make the film following thorough research on pertinent, modern-day topics in world affairs, which led them to an article titled “The New Silk Road” in Time magazine. The filmmakers wanted to talk about an international subject that not many people have dealt with, so the article hit the spot, relating the story of a country that is being reborn after the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union and after a thunderous seven-year Civil War in the 90s. The relatively unknown country remains the poorest in Central Asia, but has more recently been attracting many big investors from around the world  and its geographical position may just have something to do with that (Tajikistan shares land borders with Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and China). Excited and passionate about the unique and timely topic, Tsaousis and Papadopoulos headed out to Tajikistan and began a cinematic journey involving numerous road trips to …

hallucinaut: taking a trip into destiny

ALEXIS Varouxakis left Athens a few years ago and headed straight to where it all happens (if you’re lucky and persistent enough) in the world of film – Los Angeles. He has been hard at work since arriving there, creating a positive and well-deserved buzz around his company, Adrenaline Entertainment, a feature film and TV production company he founded in 2001 when he was working in London. His most recent (2014) producer credits include “Dark Hearts”, directed by Rudolf Buitendach, a film preceded by “Opa” (2005), directed by Udayan Prasad. He was also a producer on “El Greco,” which won numerous international awards, including the Audience Award, Greek Competition Award, and Greek Union of Film and Television Technicians Award at the 2007 Thessaloniki Film Festival. Varouxakis’ current project Hallucinaut, for which he has teamed up with Italian writer/director Daniele Auber, is exciting not only to me but evidently, to a huge number of cinema buffs worldwide – the short film has even gained the backing of Auber’s idol, Terry Gilliam, as producer, and in launching a crowd-funding campaign via Kickstarter managed to inspire 821 individuals to raise the breathtaking …