Maria Iliou, director, is an award-winning film director from Greece currently living in New York. Maria was born in Athens Greece and studied Literature and Philosophy at the University of Padova, Italy. She studied filmmaking at the Ipotesi Film School in Italy and in 1988 she won a scholarship enabling her to continue her film studies in Rome and worked as the assistant director of Giuseppe and Bernardo Bertolucci on many full-length feature films in Italy. She later returned to Athens where her directorial credits include Alexandria (2001, Houston Film Festival Platinum Award, USA), Tris Epoches (Three Seasons, 1997, Würzburg Festival Prize for Best Film, Germany), Stop the Bombs, Aegean, Seaward Window (1992, Instituto Luce Award, Italy), and Encounter (1989, Greek Ministry Culture Award of Best Films). Maria came to New York in 2003 on a Fulbright Professional Grant to develop her upcoming feature film "A Friendship in Smyrna." In 2004, she worked with Marketa Kimbrell in the "Directors Workshop" at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founder of the Proteus Foundation in Athens. Maria is a member of the European Film Academy.

Alexander Kitroeff, Historian/Consultant, was born in Athens, Greece and was educated in the United Kingdom where he received a B.A. in Politics at Warwick University in 1977, an M.A. in History at Keele University in 1979 and a D.Phil. in Modern History at Oxford University in 1984. His doctoral dissertation, completed at St. Antony's College, examined the history of the Greek Diaspora in Egypt between the two world wars. He is currently Associate Professor of History at Haverford College which he joined in 1996. He has also taught at the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies at Queens College CUNY (1986–1989), the Hellenic Studies Program at Princeton University (1987), Temple University (1989–1990) and the Department of History & the Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies at New York University (1990–96). His publications include The Greeks in Egypt, 1919–1937 Ethnicity & Class (London, 1989), Griegos en América (Madrid, 1992), Wartime Jews: The Case of Athens (Athens, 1995) and Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics (New York, 2004) and numerous articles on the history of the Greek Diaspora.

This film would not have been possible without the contributions and support of many people.

Collaborators and Crew

Director, Producer: Maria Iliou
Historical Consultant: Alexander Kitroeff
Director of Photography: Allen Moore, Yiannis Daskalothanassis
Music: Nikos Platyrachos
Sound: John Zecca
Image & Sound editing: Aliki Panaghi
Contributing Researchers: Dan Georgakas, George Tselos
Artistic Consultant: Takis Yiannopoulos
Business Consultant: Varvara M Gokea
Animation Photography: Aspa Papazacharia, Ben Pollard, Matt Johnson
Special Effects: Yiorgos Manolopoulos
1st Production Assistant: Nefeli Piree Iliou
Coordinator of Production: Michele Valley
Director of Production: Melissa Hibbard
NY Outreach / Consultant: Peggy Sotirhos

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