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We are in Gytheio, a town and port located in the southern Peloponnese, Greece.

The film opens with the beach and the exterior of a hotel -probably "Lakonis" which had rooms in independent wings with the names of Olympian Gods (Athena, Poseidon, Aphrodite that we see in the shot) and a woman who gets out. Afterwards, we see a road sign that informs us that we have arrived in Gytheio. The woman walks alongside the coastal road with the Greek flag waving.

The view changes and we see people gathered as the day is March 25th, a double celebration for Greece for the National Anniversary of Greece for the Revolution of 1821 and independence from the Ottoman Empire, and the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The lens focuses on the officials’ stands and on the two signs that indicate that are the positions of the mayor and the metropolitan. Soldiers, priests and people have gathered to watch the parade. The place is decorated with flags everywhere and we can see the officials as well as the municipality’ s band.

The parade starts with little girls who are dressed in traditional costumes and continues with little girls dressed in white dresses and a ribbon that says Greece. The little boys are dressed in "tsolias" costume with one of them holding the flag. The children line up and parade with the sounds of the band. The filmmaker stands for a while on the sign of a souvenir shop "from Mani" as it says. The parade continues with boys who are dressed in blue pants and white turtleneck sweaters, while the woman watches them.

The film closes with footage from the chapel of St Petros -that is located on the island of Kranai or Marathonisi conneced to Gytheio with a jetty- and a view of the port as the sun sets.



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Athanasoglou Nikolaos

HD (1440x1080)



Duration (seconds)

Super 8mm