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Athens from East to West, 1821-1896 A documentary by Maria Iliou

Αθήνα 1821-96


What was Athens, a small Ottoman city, like in the early 20th century? How did the creation of the new Athens begin in the years of King Otto’s reign? How was Athens transformed, in less than one century, under the reign of King George I, into a neoclassical city that hosted with great success the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896? Using unknown archival material, plans, engravings and photographs that were discovered and painstakingly conserved in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and Greece, director Maria Iliou, historical consultant Alexander Kitroeff and their team unfold once again an engrossing story, in a documentary that was first presented at the Benaki Museum in 2020 for a few days only, as the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.

Under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou


Production: Proteas & Proteus NY


Jaharis Family Foundation, Pindaros Foundation, Daphne & George Hatsopoulos, George Coumantaros Foundation, Moscahlaidis Foundation, Anonymous Sponsor


Partner organisations:

Proteas & Proteus NY

Benaki Museum


script – direction: Maria Iliou

historical consultant: Alexander Kitroeff

music: Nikos Platyrachos

film editing: Aliki Panagi

photography: Buddy Squires & Simos Sarketzis

sound: John Zecca, Mark Mandler

dubbing mixer Thymios Koliokousis





Jim Wright, Eleni Bastea, Leonidas Embirikos, Christina Koulouri, Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, Alexander Kitroeff, Nikos Vatopoulos



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