‘Promakhos’: The movie inspired by the struggle for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures


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The saga of the Parthenon Marbles inspired the creation of directors/writers Coerte and John Voorhees “Promakhos”. The courtroom drama and love story, premieres on November 25, and focuses on two Athenian attorney’s pursuit for the litigation of the return of the Parthenon Marbles. The name of the film is inspired by the bronze statue of Athena Promakhos that used to stand guard in front of the Parthenon, that is somehow linked with the lawyers’ courage in standing in defense of what they love.

'Promakhos': The movie inspired by the struggle for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

The film was partly shot at the Athens Acropolis and aims to teach people the facts concerning how the Parthenon marbles were removed from the site and also give information about the legal struggle underway for their return and reunification in Athens.

'Promakhos': The movie inspired by the struggle for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

Georges Corraface, who plays Michel, the architect in charge of conservation of the Acropolis, states that the release of the film so close to the visit to Athens by Amal Clooney and senior members of the Doughty Street Chambers law firm to discuss the legal challenges of the marbles’ return was a “remarkable coincidence” that echoed the plot of the film.

The movie, budgetted at $700,000 was filmed under the aegis of the Greek Culture Ministry and has the support of the “Alliance for Greece”, the Acropolis Museum, the Greek-British Chamber, the Greek-German Chamber, the Greek-Spanish Chamber and the Greek-Italian Chamber, as well as cooperating with the groups “Return, Restore, Restart”, “Bring them Back”, “Marbles Reunited” and “International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures”.

The movie stars Pantelis Kodogiannis, Kassandra Voyagis, Giancarlo Giannini, Paul Freeman, Michael Byrne, Yorgo Voyagis, Spiros Focas and Karim Kassem amongst others.

The Greek premier takes place at the Village Cinemas in ‘The Mall’ shopping centre in Maroussi and will be preceded by an event and a screening at the Acropolis Museum on November 24.

Source: Protothema [November 20, 2014]


  1. I want to be fair on this issue.

    When Elgin removed the Parthenon marbles from Athens back then, he may have been justifying this "take" as a protection from what the Turks were doing or didn't do to them. In that sense, one can presume that he was "protecting" them. And Greece should thank him for only that aspect of his action.

    However, this act didn't change the de jure ownership of the marbles. That ownership has been retained by Greece; she never renounced her ownership, as a legal entity acting as an independent country (Greece was occupied by Turkey in 1811, when Elgin took them). Thus, the British Museum should recognize this simple fact, and return the artifacts. The Museum may be entitled to keep the revenues it obtained by exploiting them. Greece may not ask England to pay rent for having them under their "protection" and while exhibiting them and collecting revenues from the visitors to the Museum. Greece should not ask back for these revenues (and the revenues Greece has foregone by not having them in Greek Museum), and recognize any maintenance and preservation costs the British Museum incurred as custodians and guardians of the marbles.

    There isn't any moral or legal justification for the British Museum to be holding on to them. NONE. If they do, they are possibly legally liable and I'll let the lawyers and Courts decide the extent and the specific counts. In any case, this is turning into a PR nightmare for the British Museum.

    Louvre and the NIKH THS SAMOTHRAKHS is next. Then, many other European and US museums' turn is coming up.



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