KYPRIS APHRODITE - THE GREAT GODDESS OF CYPRUS

TETRAKTYS FILMS LTD. - as PROD

Documentary - Post-Production 2014

Following a group of women frame drummers who are working toward a ritual performance at the famous temple of Aphrodite in Palaipaphos Cyprus, will be able to discover the many shapes and forms Kypris-Aphrodite takes.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CYPRUS
    • Languages
    • GREEK, ENGLISH
    • Synopsis
    • 12 women, both Cypriots and foreigners living in Cyprus, are struggling to revive the ancient art of the frame drum, sacred to the worship of Aphrodite and of many of the principal female deities of ancient civilizations. Within this framework, they are preparing a ritual drumming performance at the famous sanctuary of Aphrodite at Palaipaphos, Cyprus, which was destroyed after the prevalence of Christianity on the island. And thus, 1500 years later, at the ruins of this ancient site of worship, the sound of the frame drum reverberates once again. Recordings of this group of frame drummers from the early stages of their preparation to the final ritual performance are interwoven with the tracing of the faded yet preserved footsteps of Kypris-Aphrodite through the ages in different ways and forms. It is a journey through time, across the land that gave birth to the goddess, into archaeology, mythology, local folklore and tradition, all the way to modern day religion and art into which she has been transported. Albeit the only female deity of the Greek Pantheon which to this day inspires men and women worldwide, Aphrodite remains for the majority of us the Great Unknown Goddess, as we have so wrongly identified her with commercialized sex and beauty. The documentary attempts to reveal and reinstate the essence and truth of this universal female principle, as the sound of the primordial drum vibrates deeper and deeper into the ancient stones and ground of the temple, taking us back along a continuum of time when the Kypris kept changing shapes and forms under the influence of neighboring civilizations. This is perhaps the greatest, if not the only, gift Cyprus gave to the West; the gift of Aphrodite.
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