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Moni is a village in the Limassol District of Cyprus, is at the Nicosia–Limassol highway and is built on a small hill from which the visitor can have unobstructed view of the sea.

The film shows footage from the traditional buildings and the everyday life of the village.

In the footage we watch an alley, a house’s backyard with children playing, the selling of a hen by a street vendor, a child making bubbles, a smaller one looking at the camera with curiosity, a second backyard with an arbor, in the next shot an elderly woman stretches out her laundry and does garden work.

Then we see a contemporary house, while in the background we see a traditional house and the bell tower from the church of Agia Zoni which is located in the village.

An old man enjoys the sun sitting outside his house and wears a traditional scarf, some locals chat with the tourists, children play everywhere, the group of the locals and the tourists drinks a coffee in the traditional coffee house, on the walls of which has hung up posters of the political party AKEL, as elections were held in Cyprus in May 1981.

A small balcony of a house, a blooming landscape and a woman picks up her launrdy.


Film Information

Bonar, Andrew Graham

HD (1440x1080)



Duration (seconds)

Super 8mm

Creator's description

Now a glimpse of village life, in the village of Moni. Everything is still pretty rudimentary here –there is little sign of the enormous progress that you see in other parts of the island.
But there are a few new houses, and do you see those solar panels on the roof? They are all the rage in Cyprus now, and how sensible! Cyprus has at least 300 days of sun a year, so why waste it?

These people were complete strangers, but how friendly they were!

Sitting at the little coffee shop, with communist political posters plastered on the wall, we meet one of the villagers, who thinks his house may be the one that Photini’s father Agathocles once lived in. But was it this house? Doubts remain. There is no one left in the village old enough to say with certainty.

Maybe this is the house where Agathocles stayed, the one just below the coffee shop. We shall probably never know for certain.

But anyway there are still some relations alive in the island, and this is one: Father Efthemios. What a character he is, and what a rascal, too! He is amazingly lively considering he is over 80 years old.
Bonar, Andrew Graham