divided island

The island of Cyprus is divided into a southern and northern part since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a military coup on the island, backed by the Greek government. Since then, the island was partitioned with the northern part a self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus guarded by Turkish Armed Forces and the southern part by the internationally-recognised government led by Greek Cypriots. Subsequently, since then the United Nations troops patrol the “Green Line” the demilitarised zone dividing the two parts. From the inter-communal fighting in the 1960s, and as a result of the events of 1974 a total of 493 Turkish Cypriots and 1,508 Greek Cypriots were officially reported as missing by both communities (CMP). Bodies of missing people are still being found in mass graves and the remains of bodies are given to their still waiting relatives. Although global and local politics have repeatedly failed to solve the Cypriot issue, Cypriot citizens from both communities try to heal the wounds of the past and together rebuilt a future in this place full of paradoxes.

Project filmed in both digital and black and white film, 2015-2017 (ongoing)