• Short Summary

    IN ONE GREEK TOWN, THE MENFOLK DO WHAT THEY LIKE FOR 364 DAYS OF THE YEAR.

  • Description

    MONOKKLISIA, NORTHERN GREECE

    GV.MONOKKLISSIA

    MV.SIGNPOST

    SV.WOMEN DANCING IN STREET, CARRIAGE BEHIND

    CU.INT...MAN FEEDS BABY

    CU.DITTO

    CU.INT...ANOTHER MAN NURSES BABY (2 SHOTS)

    GV.EXT...WOMEN DANCING IN STREET, CARRIAGE MOVES ALONG

    MV.INT...MAN WASHES DISHES

    CU.EXT...WOMEN WAVE FROM CARRIAGE

    MV.WOMAN (WITH RIFLE ON BACK) DANCES

    MV.INT...MAN DUSTS

    MV.INT...WOMEN PLAY BOARD GAME IN CAFE (2 SHOTS)

    MV.INT...MAN SWEEPS FLOOR

    SV.EXT...WOMEN HUSTLE MAN IN STREET

    CU.EXT...MAN WASHES CLOTHES

    SV.EXT...WOMEN PARADE TOWARDS CAMERA
    Background: IN ONE GREEK TOWN, THE MENFOLK DO WHAT THEY LIKE FOR 364 DAYS OF THE YEAR. BUT COME THE 365TH, THEIR JOB IS INDOORS - DOING THE HOUSEWORK. AND THE WOMENFOLK TAKE TO THE STREETS -- DANCING, SINGING, PLAYING GAMES AND GENERALLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES. FOR ON JANUARY 8 EVERY YEAR, THE WOMEN AND MEN OF MONOKKLISSIA, IN NORTHERN GREECE, REVERSE ROLES -- JUST FOR THE DAY.

    THE WOMEN EVEN TAKE OVER CIVIC DUTIES FOR THE DAY. THE MEN ARE BARRED FROM THE STREETS ALTOGETHER. THE TRADITIONAL PUNISHMENT FOR ANY OFFENDERS IS TO BE PUBLICLY UNDRESSED BY THE WOMEN AND TOSSED IN A TUB OF WATER. USUALLY, HOWEVER, THE OFFENDER FINDS A WAY TO ESCAPE WITH HIS CLOTHES ON.

    AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, THE DAY IS OVER. WOMEN RETURN TO THE DRUDGERY OF DOMESTIC DUTIES, THE MEN REGAIN THEIR FREEDOM.

    THE DAY HAS BEEN A THRACIAN CUSTOM FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. ITS ORIGINS ARE UNCERTAIN, BUT IT IS THOUGHT THAT THEY LIE IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZZYLK4SS2L04H8HG7FU0T3OX
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZZYLK4SS2L04H8HG7FU0T3OX
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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