Ioannis Bekiaris, Alexis Mavros
THE GREEN LINE
Cyprus, 2018 6’15
THE GREEN LINE
Since 1974, after a Turkish invasion resulting in the occupation of the northern third of the island, Cyprus has been divided by a UN-patrolled buffer zone known as the Green Line, a no-man’s land spanning the entirety of Cyprus. In January 2016, the GLP team was granted access into the Green Line, where it documented glimpses of areas barred from their original inhabitants for almost half a century.
Born in 1989, completed his studies as a Computer Scientist in Thessaloniki, Greece. While growing up in Cyprus, Ioannis has always been intrigued about what lies within the restricted area of the Green Line, a no-man’s land spanning the entirety of the island. Along with four childhood friends he decided to enter this no-man’s land –through official channels- in order to record it and share it with the world. The documentary premiered at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and has since won multiple awards.
Architect of Cypriot, French and British Nationality. Following his studies at the MSA (Manchester School of Architecture) between 2007-2014, he returned to Cyprus to pursue his career as an Architect. In parallel to his studies and professional career, Alexis has been heavily involved in 3D CAD modelling, which gradually evolved in the creation of 360° spherical content for clients. His fascination of 360° computer generated images quickly evolved to film, as he and 4 other friends decided to explore the possibilities of this emerging filming technique in order to share a unique story with the world. “The Green Line”, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.