Simi, 1919.The age of miracles for the island. Electricity, radio, cinema, but also the cruel Italian occupation. Maria lives an “archaic” life in the highlands of the island. At 12 she sets out alone for the Promised Land, Egypt. Alexandria, 1938. The looming threat of war. By now a nurse, she will get to know the savagery of desert surgery, bombardments, but also the passion for life of young people.
Athens, 1945. The Unknown. She will start again from scratch, under difficult conditions, with a child and an unbearable loneliness. Maria did not shape History. She did not design a single moment. She was just a speck in historical events, just as so many in her generation were. Personal and collective memory and never nostalgia. Memory helps us to shape our identity, not to deny it. To reconcile ourselves with the “dark” moments that come to the surface. To forgive and to overcome the pain that remembrance brings.