They are Roma, illegal immigrants, they don’t live by our norms, don’t speak our language. They don’t even know what our values are. And as politicians are increasingly fond of saying: they are the thieves of our European prosperity.

Just a few of the vast army of desperados who recycle Greece’s metal. They are heroes of “Raw Material” and raw material themselves. State, middlemen, eco-entrepreneurs and industrialists hush up the mythic wealth their labours produce for others.

Nightmarishly, from the dustbins of Athens to the toxic junkyards of downtown Athens and from the foundry furnaces to Lebanon’s bombed-out Nachr-Al-Baret refugee camp, 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. It confronts the smell of an annoying but exploitable savagery. It documents toil in the burning heat and freezing snow which penetrate its heroes’ bodies to lodge in its viewers’ minds.


“Raw Material” is Hristos Karakepelis's second feature documentary. His first feature “The House of Cain” has participated at Berlinale’s Forum, as in several other international festivals too, and was awarded with the First Prize at Nyon International Documentary Festival “Visions du Reèl”, Audience Award at Munich International Documentary Festival, FIPRESCI Prize at Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Best Greek Film Award by the Panhellenic Union of Film Critics, 2nd Prize at Kalamata International Documentary Festival.




DirectorHristos Karakepelis
ScreenplayNatasha Segou, Hristos Karakepelis
Cinematography Dionysis Efthymiopoulos
Sound Recording Orestis Kaberidis
Sound Mixer Costas Fylaktidis
EditorGiannis Halkiadakis
ProducersCostas Lambropoulos, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
ProductionCL Productions, Faliro House Productions
Co-production Greek Film Center, ERT S.A., Hristos Karakepelis
Associate Producer Zoi Lisgara
Research – Dialogue Editor Natasha Segou
PremiereMarch 9, 2011 – Athens, Greece