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Attila 74: The Rape of Cyprus

Original title
Attilas '74 (Attila 74: The Rape of Cyprus)
Year
Running time
103 min.
Country
Cyprus Cyprus
Director
Screenwriter
Mihalis Kakogiannis
Music
Michalis Christodoulides
Cinematography
Sakis Maniatis
Cast
Producer
Cyprus Broadcasting Corp / Finos Film / Studio ERA
Genre
Documentary
Synopsis / Plot
Attila '74: The Rape of Cyprus is an award-winning 1974 documentary film by Michael Cacoyannis about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 It was filmed on location in Cyprus and Greece in the immediate aftermath of the two Turkish invasions and subsequent occupation of approximately the northern third of the island.

Cacoyannis chronicles the events of 1974 in Cyprus with rare interviews of President Makarios of the Republic, Nicos Sampson - the man the Greek junta imposed as leader after their attempted coup, and many Greek Cypriot victims of the Turkish invasion.

The Academy Award-nominated director Cacoyannis provides an amazing insight and analysis of the events leading up to the invasion, and the subsequent events and ramifications of Turkey's occupation of Cyprus. Including interviews with pro-Makarios and pro-junta supporters, this documentary also explores the anti-American and British imperialist sentiment on the Island and outrage at the lack of action taken by them and the United Nations to protect Cyprus as Turkey was effectively given carte blanche to invade and occupy despite numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding their withdrawal.

With rare footage of the immediate effects of the Turkish bombings of the Presidential Palace and the Cypriot capital Lefkosia, Atilla '74 - The Rape of Cyprus is a valuable documentary for those interested in the Cyprus Problem. It is available to be viewed on Google video.
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