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Divided Loyalties

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by Sophia Constantinou
color, 56 min, 2001





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Divided Loyalties studies the stories of Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees and nationals who seek to reconcile their fractured heritage from the history of the proud, yet divided island: Cyprus. Shot in 16 mm the film reveals both a visual and emotional landscape of the island. Structured around the chronological political legacy of Cyprus, award-winning director and cinematographer Sophia Constantinou explores the memories and personal histories of its natives, as well as her own family.

Unknown to many, Cyprus, as of 2001, is one of the most densely militarized zones in the world. The United Nations, Turkey and Great Britain continue to hold strong military presences in Cyprus -severing the island into separate Greek and Turkish territories. Cypriots are constantly reminded of their disjointed identities by the military border zone physically splitting the island into North and South regions. Such turbulence resulted in the scattering of Cypriots around the globe, deunifying familial, individual and collective identities. Important for teaching international relations, middle eastern studies, anthropology, conflict resolution and identity.


Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
44th San Francisco International Film Festival-Golden Gate Doc. Award Winner -2001
University of California-Irvine Human Rights Film Festival 2001
Independent Showcase -Greek Cultural Center Astoria NY 2001
Georgetown Independent Film Festival 2001-Honorable Mention
Pennsylvania Film Festival- Documentary Showcase 2001
United Nations Association Film Festival 2001
World Affairs Council -San Francisco 2001
Queens Museum of Art Queens, NY 2001
Center for Modern Greek Studies-San Francisco



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