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Through the opening of two rocks, the Chora of Samothraki is perched on Mount Saos in the shape of an amphitheatre.

In a view of the chora from above, we watch the stone two-story houses and the tile roofs.

The lens goes through a window, we see a lady who stands there and looks outside, a small balcony, a woman who stands and enjoys the view or she may be looking at the filmmaker with curiosity.

A little girl in orange pants, another one in a pink dress who gets lost behind lilac bougainvilleas and three little boys smile in front of the camera, obviously numb, with their hands crossed on their chests. Afterwards, they relax, a sign that they got used to the camera.

And then, we see two little girls, hugging, smiling and tilting their heads to the side and they seem ready for a photo.

The ship leaves behind the port of Kamariotissa and records the few people who are left in the dock and the houses on the shoreline.

Footage from Alexandroupolis with the lighthouse, as the ship approaches the port.


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Bonar, Andrew Graham

HD (1440x1080)



Duration (seconds)

Super 8mm

Creator's description

The capital of the island, known locally as Chora, is built in the shape of an amphitheatre. Most of the houses are small, with one or two storeys and iron balcony railings. As yet there are few modern amenities.

Unfortunately, many islanders have emigrated in search of the better life. The question is: will these children stay on the island when they grow up, or will they too go away?

Time to leave. The little island steamer eases out from behind the precarious breakwater of Samothraki’s only harbour, and three hours later arrives back in Alexandroupolis.
Bonar, Andrew Graham