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Unknown UN Documentary on Post-War Greece Comes to Light

A documentary about Greece in the aftermath of the Civil War and World War II that was found in the United Nations archives in 2007 will be shown on October 30, at 8:00 pm at the National Archives headquarters in Psychiko, Athens. The screening will be part of celebrating the International Day of Cultural Heritage.
According to Greek newspaper “Ta Nea,” a United Nations film crew came to Athens in 1955 to record the country’s reconstruction after the war and the effect of the Marshall Plan in Greek society. The 18-minute-long documentary is entitled “Kryfto” (Greek for hide and seek) and follows a man who is looking for a job in Athens.
He is a family man and either a refugee from Asia Minor or someone who came from the province to seek a better life for his family. He is looking for a job in the Varvakios market and continues his walk in Plaka, Monastiraki, Thisio, Petralona and Keramikos.
The documentary shows the grim reality of the poor Athens neighborhoods and the struggles of everyday people to put food on the table, the rebuilding of Athens and the foreign humanitarian aid given to children and the elderly.
“Kryfto” is part of a trilogy on refugees. The two documentaries that complete the trilogy are “Island Exile” and “Trois des nos Enfants” (Three of Our Children). The documentaries were found in 2007 when a group of National Audiovisual Archives members visited the United Nations archives in New York in order to find audiovisual material that pertains to Greece.

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