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Sophia and Her People

Sophia and Her People. © P Loizos

Director Peter Loïzos
Country/Production UK
Release 1985
Length 35 mins
Format Colour / DVD / PAL / All region
Location Cyprus, Nicosia / Europe

Order No RAI-200.149
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Sofia and her family lost their village home in 1975 when Turkey invaded Cyprus. The film, mainly set in Nicosia in 1983, shows the pressures of refugee economic recovery through shift work in a family bakery, and the pains of dislocation felt by Sofia in her laments which she sings at the intervals during the film.

The film is powerful because the members of this large refugee family become individuals for the viewer, each with his or her dissatisfactions, illusions, and dreams. The film manages to go beyond merely viewing the hardships these people are trying to overcome to a thought-provoking glimpse into the dynamics of a family. The film is recommended for both secondary school and university courses that are concerned with refugees, Mediterranean anthropology, politics, gender, or psychology.

P. Allen, 1988. Review of the film. American Anthropologist Vol. 90, p. 782.

K. Kyle, 1984. Cyprus Minority Rights Group Report No. 30 (second edition revised) [Gives overview of how Cyprus came to be invaded by Turkey in 1974 and partioned de facto].

P. Loizos, 1975. The Greek Gift: Politics in a Cypriot Village. Basil Blackwell, Oxford.

P. Loizos, 1977. `A Struggle for Meaning: Reactions to Disaster among Cypriot Refugees'. Disasters, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 231-39.

P. Loizos, 1981. The Heart Grown Bitter: A Chronicle of Cypriot War Refugees. Cambridge University Press.


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