Ten Years After ... Ten Years Older   (1986, 35 mins, 16mm)    

Ten Years After ... Ten Years Older (1986, 35 mins, 16mm)

Kannava, 10 years after migrating to Australia as a 15 year old in 1974, returns to her home city of Limassol in Cyprus, to reconnect with her beloved grandmother.

Kannava’s personal odyssey about returning back to Cyprus incorporates dramatic representations among the perceptive documentary fragments of everyday life in Limassol. The rhythm is exquisite, voice-over alternating with natural sounds, as memories of Kannava’s childhood come back to her, causing her joy and also great sadness.

(note by Bill Mousoulis)

"Ten Years After … Ten Years Older
is a film that fully wrestles with the complicated feelings of leaving and returning home. Built through a delicate superimposition of layers of past and present, Ten Years After attests to the irretrievability of time, despite that some things never change. Shot in Cyprus, which Anna left at fifteen with her family to migrate to Australia, this film is a powerful meditation on memory, longing and belonging.
- Cristina Álvarez López

A Trip to the Moon essay by George Kouvaros

Kannava Essence (tribute to Anna Kannava)

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Ten Years After ... Ten Years Older (1986, 35 mins, 16mm)

Director/Writer/Producer/Camera: Anna Kannava
Director's Assistant: Leigh Sloggett
Sound Editor: Simon Wilmot
Animation: Lisa Parrish
Advisors: Brian McKenzie & John Cruthers

Anna Apokidou and Anna Kannava as themselves
Young Anna ... Elena Kannava

Produced with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission

Diploma of Merit Melbourne Film Festival 1986
ATOM award for Best Australian film 1987
Diploma of Merit St Kilda Film Festival 1987
Nominated Best Documentary Dendy Awards 1987
Broadcast by SBS Television
Anna Kannava Retrospective, Cinema Nova, Melbourne 2011
Tribute to Anna Kannava, Sydney 2015
Artist Film Workshop, Melbourne 2018
IVAC film festival, Cyprus 2022
NIMAC exhibition, Cyprus 2023

© Anna Kannava Estate 2023