|1. Bosnia-Herzegovina: Vilina Vlas – The Fairy’s Hair / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|2. Burma: Two Names for One Dictatorship / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|3. Crime in the Amazon / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|4. Hitler’s Bodyguard / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|5. Mexico: The Valley of Death / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|6. Nepal: The Red Fortress / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|7. North Korea: The Show / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|8. The Cocaine Jungle / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|9. The Return of the Taliban / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
|10. Western Sahara: Rebels of the Desert / Dimitris Gerardis, Greece|
Since 2003, the monthly TV documentary series War Zone and Sotiris Danezis have been transporting the viewers of Mega Channel to the Earth’s hotspots through unknown or lesser known stories taking place in the world we live in.
Through rare footage, revealing testimonials and documentation, the creator and crew of the War Zone tell the stories of people caught in the vortex of great crises and turn the spotlight on contemporary problems, seeking answers to all the questions that affect the present and threaten our future.
Made along the lines of “informative” or “news and current affairs” documentaries, War Zone’s, 40 installments are the result of extensive research and are distinguished for their high technical standards, the quality of the image and the editing. Filmed inmany different lands, they present a common truth: There are many more war zones than there are wars in this world. War zones can be found wherever there is a conflict of ideas, social groups, interests or cultures.
In 2003, Sotiris Danezis and his crew presented the story of the Vietnam and Falkland Island wars; they filmed heart-wrenching testimonials of the Rwanda genocide and footage frompostwar Iraq; they showed Greek TV viewers the hidden side of the GulfWar and the US intervention in Panama; and, finally, found themselves, together with a front-line military unit, on the 38th parallel, on the border between North and South Korea.
In 2004, they went on assignment to Somalia – the only country in the world with no government – and to Cambodia, land of the infamous Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot. They were granted access to the facilities where Iran’s nuclear program began, they filmed the hostage crisis of the school in Beslan, and they explored the conditions under which the Russian nuclear submarine “Kursk” sank.
In 2005, they shot a rare documentary on North Korea; they traveled to the flooded city of New Orleans; they filmed in the contested territories of Western Sahara; and, together with a group of illegal migrants, they crossed the border between Mexico and the US. Audiences were especially struck by War Zone’s installments on cocaine and the civil war in Colombia, the war and the diamond trade in Sierra Leone, and the historical documentary on the attack on Pearl harbor.
In 2006, War Zone filmed the horror of the so-called“war on terrorism” in Afghanistan; the ecological crimes taking place in the Amazon’s pristine rain forest; the unknown story of a concentration camp for women during the war in Bosnia; and the struggle for survival waged by children in the mines of eastern Congo.
War Zone’s imageswere presented with the prize for Best Cinematography at the “Faces 2004” TV awards, while at the “Faces 2007” awards, Sotiris Danezis received the Best Reportage award for the series’ installment “The Return of the Taliban”.
He studied journalism in London. he is a news anchor and creator of the documentary series War Zone. As a war correspondent he has been on assignment in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has reported on major international events such as the demonstrations in Genoa, the terrorist attacks in the US and the tsunami disaster in Asia. he has traveled on assignment to over 55 countries around the world. From North Korea, Nepal and the Falkland Islands, to Somalia, Sierra Leone, Congo, Burma, the Amazon, the Sahara Desert and Alaska.
He studied film direction at the Stavrakos Film School. He began his career in 1991. Until 1994, he worked on television films and series as assistant sound recordist, assistant producer and assistant director. Sine 1995, he has been working as a director for some of Greece’s largest private TV networks. In September 2005 he began directing War Zone.