One of the few things that never changes about Athens? The way in which this ancient metropolis is always changing! A new high-profile documentary by collaborators Maria Iliou and Angelos Delivorrias zooms in on how the Greek capital evolved from a small Ottoman city of the early 1800s into a neoclassical European hub that successfully launched the first Olympic Games of the modern era in the late 19th century.
Athens from East to West, 1821-1896 presents Athens during this transformative window using “forgotten” visual material from archives in Greece, Europe, America, Canada and Australia. Fashion designer Aliki Panaghi produces evocative sounds of the era to bring the story of the city to life, while Nikos Platyrachos' new score is based on music and songs from 19th century Athens. Speakers include Alexander Kitrouev, archaeologist Jim Wright, journalist Nikos Vatopoulos, and historians Leonidas Empirikos, Christina Koulouri, Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith and Eleni Bastea. The 90 minute documentary and accompanying exhibition weave a new narrative for Athens and is the first of five works on the history of modern Athens. Catch it daily at the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture until the end of April.