bi'baxchange #20


Friday, 13.10.2017 at 8 pm

We, Travelling People – The Silkroad from Pamirs to China

The series We, Travelling People continues with an event featuring Angelos Tsaousis who is our fellow from START – Create Cultural Change Program 2018. He invites Sofia Stavrianidou Communications & Publicity Manager working for Hellas FilmBox Berlin, for a discussion after the screening about the development of the Silk Road and the funding environment of documentary filmmaking. Fingerfood specialities from Tajikistan will be ready for you.

The New Plastic Road is a character-driven documentary film that reveals the gradual economic and social change underway in the remote, destitute communities within the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region east of Tajikistan in the Pamir Mountains. The catalyst of this change lies behind China’s decision to open its border with Tajikistan in 2004. This decision was followed by an ongoing attempt to resurrect the old Silk Road, connecting the region with the rest of the world for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union. This is part of the same network of roads that in ancient times contributed to the development of civilization (China, India, Persia, Arabia, Europe), affecting not just the local communities along the road but also the “global community” of the time. Today, part of this revitalized road network is affecting the global market, sparking an evolution of industry and commercial development – and to an extent our daily lives. To help us better understand these changes, the documentary follows Davlat, a Tajik merchandiser who lives in the mountainous town of Khorog (the Badakhshan capital in Southeastern Tajikistan) next to the Afghanistan border. As we are drawn into his world of work, family, and trade we come to understand that the (silk) road on which he depends to make a living is a unique character in itself, connecting him – and us – with people, stories, and a new hope for posterity.

Directors: Angelos Tsaousis & Myrto Papadopoulos
Greece & Germany, 45′
Original with English subtitles


With a postgraduate degree on Communication Studies (Leeds University, UK) and a specialisation on documentary filmmaking, Angelos Tsaousis having a twelve years experience on the audiovisual sector, in 2011 took the decision to focus mainly on producing/directing creative documentaries with an international co-production potential. The New Plastic Road is his first feature length documentary film. With the support from the Fulbright Artist Scholarship (2016-2017), he developed his current documentary project on Roma youth and education at the San Fransisco Film Society.

Supported by START – Create Cultural Change, a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe­ Institut Thessaloniki and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the Bodossaki Foundation and the Stiftung Nord-Süd-Brücken aus Mitteln der BMZ