Cliffs of Freedom, the historical drama movie set during Greece’s War of Independence, will stream on major platforms beginning on September 13, 2021, the National Hellenic Society (NHS) announced.
The story of Cliffs of Freedom is set in Valtetsi, a small village in Arcadia in Greece’s Peloponnese. It is based and inspired on a novel written by Marianne Metropoulos, Daughter of Destiny. The novel served as the springboard to the film produced by Marianne and Dean Metropoulos with Marianne serving as co-writer of the screenplay.
Marianne and Dean Metropoulos are members of the NHS, and as Drake Behrakis, NHS Board Chairman, tells Greek Reporter, NHS felt that because “there are a lot of great cultural and historical themes in the movie”, the organization decided to buy all rights.
Cliffs of Freedom showcases Greek War of Independence
“Although we do not expect to make money from the movie, we believe we can use it as an example to show the importance of the Greek War of Independence and talk about different themes in the movie that resonate with a 21st century audience” Behrakis says.
The movie is an amalgam of stories, accounts and events that transpired during Greece’s Revolutionary War. The lives, struggles, sacrifices and saga of the Greeks is brilliantly on full display, symbolic of the resiliency, resolve and grit of the Greek people determined to be free.
Their deep faith, values and love of family, culture and heritage marks the first time their story is shown on the silver screen in epic form. The film’s production values, acting, score and the caliber of cast and crew have created a motion picture that has riveted audiences.
Behrakis hopes that the movie could follow on the success of the NHS collaboration with National Geographic of the series, The Greek Guide to Greatness.
That series “was very critical” in promoting ancient Greek culture to a wider audience, Behrakis says. “It took major themes such as athletics, poetry, theatre, democracy, everything that originated in ancient Greece, and showed how they are still important in today’s society.”
Cliffs of Freedom, which centers on an ill-fated romance between a beautiful young Greek village girl set in the beginning days of Greece’s Revolutionary war, “fits with what we trying to do as an organization. To keep those messages alive and well. To keep the Greek Diaspora engaged.”
Behrakis -a second-generation Greek- tells Greek Reporter that there several stories in the movie that he found inspirational. He highlights the scene towards the end of the movie when Theodoros Kolokotronis, the Greek revolutionary leader, came with his rebels to liberate the Peloponnese. He is seen speaking to the people and inspiring them to fight for their liberty from the Ottoman Turks.
“I know who Kolokotronis was and how important he was, but this was the first time in an actual movie to see him and realize what he meant for Greece. It was an emotional experience for me. Wow, I thought, I am actually seeing this person that I have read about so much – see him live in a movie,” Behrakis said.
He adds that “the more of these movies that showcase Greece and resonate about Greek history and culture we can bring into the mainstream, the better.”
The film is also available for theatrical release. More information as to how to host a special screening at local theater, please contact the NHS.
The National Hellenic Society (NHS) is a non-profit foundation comprised of a Who’s Who of visionaries, philanthropists and leaders that celebrate, share, and pass on Hellenic heritage in America.
NHS programs include its signature Program, Heritage Greece which has reconnected and sponsored 500+ college aged students of Greek descent on a life-changing experience hosted by the American College of Greece.