dies solis. Sundays in Nicosia 
experimental documentary, 2010
XD-CAM EX transferred to blu-ray disc | 57' | 16:9 | colour | stereo
concept, cinematography, sound, editing: Marianna Christofides | film assistant: Bernd Bräunlich
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Sundays in Nicosia; thousands of Asian labour migrants meet in the old city of Nicosia to spend together their only day off. During the week they are almost never present in public, they seem to disappear behind the facade of the homes of their employers. These women come to Cyprus from Sri-Lanka, India, the Philippines and Vietnam for a limited period of time in order to work in the household or as carers at home.
The film observes the course of this day over a time span of a year. Sunday follows Sunday, we are there, at their ceremonies and rituals, whilst preparing meals and playing games, that is at social practices of all kinds. All these human activities attest the transition of a desolate place into a social space.
We are at the edge of urban life where locals don't linger around and yet in the heart of the town; centre and periphery flow into one another. The meeting points of the women lie between two borders, on the one hand the Venetian wall, once separating town from land, on the other the UN-Bufferzone which divides the city and the island in north and south. The most different individual perspectives converge in a single place, contrasting worlds meet in a confined quarter. An otherwise mute place shines in a new light - dies solis.