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Sofia and Her People

Alternative title
Sofia’s People: Eventful Lives
Synopsis
Shows a Greek family from the village of Argaki, Cyprus, at three points in their lives. In the ‘ethnographic present’ of Nicosia, 1983, when they operate a successful family business, a bakery that produces several thousand loaves a day; in 1973, when they were resident in Argaki, and Sophia, the mother and leading character, had a much smaller bakery. The third period involves the family becoming war refugees, and passing through a period of depression and apathy. Although economically resilient the family members pay a high price for recovery, in the stresses and strains of shift work. Particularly Sophia, who expresses her painful attachment to her lost village through improvised poems which she sings as laments while she works. Sophia’s lament provides a narrative framework for the film.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 37 min.
Year of production
1985
Availability
Hire (RAI Film & Video Library)
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Notes
See also LIFE CHANCES: FOUR FAMILIES IN A GREEK CYPRIOT VILLAGE.
Uses
Undergraduates. *RAI
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Cyprus; refugees; village life

Credits

Director
Peter Loizos

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
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Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.
Name

Royal Anthropological Institute Film & Video Library, c/o Concord Media

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