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The great divide

By Maria Gregoriou

The Nicosia Municipal Arts Foundation will be screening two films tonight with content that is very close to home.

The first film, to be screened at 6pm, is Letters to Cyprus, directed by Sholeh Zahraei and Kamil Saldun.

The 24-minute film, in English, Turkish and Greek, is set in 2016, when Cyprus is reunited and after 42 years of waiting, peace has finally arrived. The plot revolves around a Cypriot woman who returns back to the home she was forced to leave in 1974.

This return is the beginning of an emotional and painful journey to the past. Memories start flooding in and as she remembers, she is also confronted with the aftermath of war.

The film is based on original letters from 1974 that were sent from the UK to Cyprus between two pen-pals.

At 6.30 the film Akamas, directd by Panicos Chrysanthou, will be screened.

Akamas is a film whose main character is Omeris, a Turkish Cypriot boy who grows up with Greek Cypriots during a time of peace and tranquility on the island.

Because of this upbringing he has been taught that all Cypriots have no differences, though they call themselves Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Maronites, Moslem or Orthodox or Catholic Christians.

But when he falls in love with a Greek Cypriot girl, Rodou, he realises that the world around him is not exactly as he thought it was. Because of their cultural differences, the two find it hard to be together. Omeris goes through much heartache and struggle to be with his beloved at a time when almost everyone around them is moving towards separation.

The two young lovers do everything in their power to resist the irrational nationalism that surrounds them and to stay outside the fanaticism which is slowly dividing Cyprus.

Letters to Cyprus
Screening of the film directed by Sholeh Zahraei and Kamil Saldun. February 18. Nicosia Municipal Arts Foundation, 19 Palias Ilektrikis, Nicosia. 6pm. Free. English, Turkish and Greek with English subtitles. Tel: 22-797400

Akamas
Screening of the film directed by Panicos Chrysanthou. February 18. Nicosia Municipal Arts Foundation, 19 Palias Ilektrikis, Nicosia. 6.30pm. Free. Greek with English subtitles. Tel: 22-797400



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