“Crazy Old Ladies” is a short documentary about a group of Cypriot old ladies and their habit of playing cards together once a week. The film observes these five female friends who are well into their 70s and early 80s as they meet and play cards; a phenomenon that is very widespread in Cyprus and especially in their town, Limassol. Through the course of a single card game, we watch the interactions between them as well as hear their thoughts on why they have taken to this habit. The film touches upon the meaning of old age, and how that is experienced by the people in the film but also upon the importance of friendship in old age.
Christiana Pyrishi completed her BA in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths University. Since then, she has worked on a series of short documentaries on Cypriot traditional music, as well as other short film productions.