“Smuggling Hendrix”

May 6, 2018 § Leave a comment




Winner of the Best International Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018!

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the northern part of the island in response to a military coup that was backed by the Athens government. The Greek South is inhabited by Greek Cypriots, while the Turkish North is inhabited by Turkish Cypriots.  Nicosia or Lefkosa, is the capital, and the seat of the Cyprus government.

Before they broke up, former musician, Yiannis, bought his ex-girlfriend a dog which they named, Hendrix.  Yiannis is caring for Hendrix when he breaks loose and runs across the Buffer Zone, or the border from Cyprus’ Greek side to the occupied Turkish side.  When Yiannis finally finds the dog, he nonchalantly attempts to walk him across the border back to the Greek side. They are stopped by the guards, and informed that the dog may not enter as he may be carrying diseases.  Yiannis doesn’t know where to turn.  He doesn’t have a lot going for him in Cyprus, and had previously purchased an airplane ticket to move to Europe. That flight is due to depart in three days time.  He has no idea where to turn for help to try to get his dog back home before the flight, and gets creative. He and his new friend, the Turkish mob, and his ex-girlfriend work together to try to smuggle Hendrix back home.

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