How is diplomacy akin to theatre? What kind of diplomacy did Cyprus exercise after independence? How far was it influenced by the religious office of its first President, Archbishop Makarios? What ambivalent scripts and visuals did Cypriot public diplomacy produce and disseminate?
This essay film reflects on these questions through creative editing and explanatory analysis of nine documentaries, filmed between 1962 and 1973. These documentaries chronicle the official visits of President Makarios abroad, touring mostly Third World countries which were, like Cyprus, members of the Non-Aligned Movement. The Blessed Envoy speaks to the original footage and narration of these documentaries, doing so in an engaging and affective way, while reflecting on the spectacles and rationales of Cypriot and contemporary diplomacy.