The highest grossing giant screen 2D film of 2006.

Using the science of modern archaeology, Greece: Secrets of the Past transports audiences back in time to the dawn of democracy and the birthplace of Western Civilization on a quest to uncover the buried secrets of one of the world’s most enlightened societies—ancient Greece. Narrated by Nia Vardalos (star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and featuring state-of-the-art CGI, the film probes some of the greatest lingering mysteries of this remarkable civilization. At the heart of the film’s journey is Dr. Christos Doumas, an impassioned Greek archeologist who, inspired by his love of Greek culture, is working feverishly to piece together the puzzle of ancient Greece and better understand its influence on life today. Also playing a key role is fellow scientist, Dr. George Vougioukalakis, a volcanologist studying the devastating explosion on the island of Santorini in 1646 BC, which changed life in the Aegean Sea forever. At once a modern detective story and a sweeping journey to the distant past, Greece: Secrets of the Past offers a new and exciting perspective on an age of universal importance to us all.

Presented by Alex G. Spanos

In association with the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Museum Film Network

Major funding provided by Nation Science Foundation and MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation

A Great Adventure Film

Produced and directed by MacGillivray Freeman Films

Narrated by Nia Vardalos

Runtime: 40 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm, 8/70, Dome-customized 15/70

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Where to Watch

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Honors and Reviews

Greece: Secrets of the Past is an enriching odyssey of the mind. An exploration of the past that can inform us today, it’s all wrapped up in breathtaking special effects and spectacular vistas of the Greek islands.”
– Cincinnati Post

“Digital-visual effects have transformed the movies during the past decade. One of the most dazzling examples is the reconstruction of the Parthenon in Greg MacGillivray’s dynamic new IMAX travelogue…it’s easily worth the price of admission by itself.”
– Seattle Times

“Gorgeously photographed by the best in plus-sized cinema, two-time Oscar nominee, MacGillivray Freeman Films…the timeless landscapes are breathtaking.”
– St. Petersburg Times

“Fascinating as science, beautiful as art and breathtaking as photography, the film is as palatable history lesson as one could wish.”
– San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

  • Best Sound of the Year – 2006 Giant Screen Theater Association Achievement Awards (presented to composer Steve Wood)
  • The highest grossing giant screen 2D film of 2006

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