UNWITNESSED MEMORIES (2000)
Co-produced, co-written and directed by Athena Xenidou
(60 minutes, 35mm, color)
Danale Productions, SIGMA TV, LUMIERE TV, Cyprus
Cyprus, year 2000.
A postwar generation. Like other postwar generations in Germany, Northern Ireland, South Africa and the Middle East. Stigmatized by their country’s long unresolved political situations…
A dividing line entrenched in their country by military force, dividing it in two since they were born. The memories that lie beyond the line. These are their unwitnessed memories.
A social documentation drawing a psychological profile of this generation who, for the very first time, voice their fears and hopes, dreams and nightmares.
Eight selected interviewees unfold the truth behind the “reality bites” of their everyday lives and the remnants of a war they have never witnessed. Eight different stories… a common denominator…
UNWITNESSED MEMORIES won GOLD JURY AWARD for BEST DOCUMENTARY at WORLDFEST HOUSTON, the oldest and most celebrated International Film Festival in the USA.
UNWITNESSED MEMORIES was an Official Selection and received Special Mentions at festivals around the world, such as the Int’l Human Rights Film Festival in Prague, the Int’l Festival of Visual Arts in Hungary, the Int’l Film Festival in Greece, Viewpoint Int’l Documentary Film Festival in Belgium and the Int’l Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
It won Best Documentary at the Film Festival in Cyprus and was also an International Emmy Awards semi-finalist.
Director: Athena Xenidou
Produced By: Anastasia Papadopoulou
Written by: Athena Xenidou
Original Music: Simos Simou
Cinematography: Paul Swift
Editing: Marianna Gioka
Production Manager: Alexia Makrides
Sound by: Markos Pastos
Sound mixing: Manolis Vlachos
Assistant Camera: Yiorgos Rachmatoulin
Focus Puller: Amart Barn