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Irini Sarioglou

The documentary ‘Kastellorizo: On the edge of the Aegean’ directed by scholar, historian Irini Sarioglou, along with Angelos Kovotsos, won first prize as best creative documentary at the London International Film and Documentary Festival 2016. It is a production of the Hellenic History Foundation (HHF), co-produced with OTE TV and the Greek public broadcaster ERT. The music is by Andreas Katsigiannis and the lyrics by Eleni Fotaki. Vocals are by Giorgos Dalaras. Artistic Director: Pavlos Hambidis. Narrators: Nena Menti and Giorgos Kentros.

The documentary takes a look back at the troubled history of the small island community on isolated Kastellorizo known in ancient times as Megiste, portraying key historical events from the late 19th century up to the island’s incorporation into Greece in 1948. This documentary pays tribute to the island’s history, as it attempts to showcase the major cultural, historical and economic heritage of the people of Kastellorizo. As we go on an imaginary journey to Antifellos, Makri, Livisi, Myra and the Kastellorizo town itself, the testimony of the residents is the real star of the show as they narrate the island’s turbulent past.

This is HHF’s most recent production and is based on the diary “Kastellorizo Stories” by Christina Efstratiadou, an elderly resident of the island, contained in the book Kastellorizo 1890-1948: The edge of the Aegean by Nikoloas G. Papanastasiou and Nikolaos K. Voyiatzis, and HHF and ERT’s rich archives.