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.
Christos Karakepelis (*1962) studied social sciences and film directing. He works as director and screenwriter for TV documentaries. His first award winning feature was The House of Cain (2000).