Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City

TitleSmyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsIliou, Maria
Running Time87 min
Date Released04/2013
Publication LanguageEnglish

This documentary reveals a largely forgotten past by recounting the Great Fire of Smyrna, which destroyed the ancient Greek city in 1922 during the Greco-Turkish War. Shortly after World War I, the Greek government set up a military state in Smyrna, a transnational port city located in Turkey and home to Greeks, Armenians, Jews, Muslims, and America. Turkey retaliated by burning the city. Archival film and still footage show the cosmopolitan life of Smyrna.

Alternate TitleSmyrnē: hē katastrophē mias kosmopolitikēs polēs, 1900-1922
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