historical figures DVD

Cyprus
My name is Dr Rita Severis and I am one of the storytellers. I am an art history PhD and Chief Executive of the The Centre of Visual Arts and Research, which is the first and only bi-communal Museum i
Community engagement, Diversity, Education, Cross-frontier collaboration, Youth oriented
Intangible, Tangible
2018
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The DVD “Talking Cyprus” is a project we hope to bring to fruition by the end of June 2018. The theme of personalities telling their stories and a journalist of today making comparisons with events and situations of the 21st century Cyprus, will bring out the good and bad of our past, to be and not to be repeated in our future! The filming will involve an interactive series of events where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work together and create together in their own languages and in English. 
 

Through the interview of historical figures, the DVD will assist the viewer in understanding famous historical characters, such as Berengaria (English) Janus (French) Caterina Cornaro (Venetian), Hadjibakki Agah (Ottoman) Greek and Turkish Cypriot peasants (peaceful coexistence in the past) Sir Ronald Storrs (British). By examining these characters in light of the events of their times, the viewer will see how history repeats itself today. The main theme will be that, through the interviews, Cypriots can accentuate our multicultural past and create a bridge for our future. The intention of this project is to break stereotypes and show how people also lived peacefully in the past and can do so in the future.
Sub-themes will explore the ideas of identity (Sir Ronald Storrs), gender (Caterina Cornaro) and peace.

European Dimension

It is well known the history repeats itself, particularly on the European continent.  As such, this project proposes the production of a special DVD of historical figures unique to Cyprus, as well as a live performance in Greek, Turkish and English involving a bicommunal cooperation. The story will present 7 personalities from Cyprus’s history, telling their/Cyprus’s story (from medieval to colonial periods) and being interviewed by a journalist of today.
This project will emphasise the multiculturalism of the island and its links with Europe and will be a tool in the hands of teachers with which to expand into stories of each era and use for a different and more lively teaching of our history. It will be available in the three languages of Cyprus (English, Greek, Turkish) appealing to all communities on the island and abroad. It will present the multiculturalism of the island, the major events that took place and the coexistence of the many European communities in Cyprus over the centuries, e.g. English, French, Italian (Venetian), Greek, Ottoman, British.
Through the interview of historical figures, the DVD will assist the viewer in understanding famous historical characters, such as Berengaria (English) Janus (French) Caterina Cornaro (Venetian), Hadjibakki Agah (Ottoman) Greek and Turkish Cypriot peasants (peaceful coexistence in the past) Sir Ronald Storrs (British). 

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