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Smyrna, The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City, 1900-1922 A documentary by Maria Iliou

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On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the destruction of Smyrna

What was Smyrna like in the early 20th century? How did the Greeks live alongside the other communities? Why was this cosmopolitan port of the Mediterranean so unique that even today, one hundred years after its destruction, it remains connected in our memory with the joy of life for the good years and with the mourning of the catastrophe that befell it suddenly in September 1922? Using unknown photographic archives and film footage, discovered and preserved by the non-profit organisation Proteas & Proteus NY in America and Europe, director Maria Iliou, historical consultant Alexander Kitroeff and their collaborators unravel a fascinating story in a documentary film that premiered at the Benaki Museum in 2012.

In english with greek subtitles


Grand Sponsor of the screening at Megaron the Athens Concert Hall
Social and Cultural Affairs Welfare Foundation (KIKPE)

Partner organisations
Proteus NY INC, Benaki Museum, Fulbright Foundation

Film sponsors
Argyros Family Foundation, Nicholas J. & Anna K. Bouras Foundation, James Chanos, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation S.A., Bodossaki Foundation, Marianthi Foundation, J.F. Costopoulos Foundation



screenplay – direction Maria Iliou

historical consultant Alexander Kitroeff

music Nikos Platyrachos

film editor Aliki Panagi

photography Allen Moore

sound John Zecca

dubbing mixer Giorgos Mikrogiannakis





Speakers: Giles Milton, Leyla Neyzi, Jacques Nalbantian, Victoria Solomonidou, Thanos Veremis, Alexander Kitroeff, Eleni Bastea


Proteas & Proteus NY


See also

Αθήνα 1821-96


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Organizer: Megaron Athens Concert Hall

04 - 05.11.2022


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