W&M professor, composer starts global documentary

W&M professor, composer starts global documentary

In temperatures that had street lights melting, William and Mary music professor Sophia Serghi and documentary filmmaker Lawrence Cumbo were up from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. all last month, keeping the camera rolling.

Everywhere they turned, there was another reason not to call it a day — another spellbinding story about a musician turned refugee, a master in disguise.

Although Cypriot arts have always been special to Serghi — whose father was the country's director of culture from 1960-1995 and whose mother was a composer, textbook writer and professor at the Ionian University in Greece — she made the final choice to pursue a film about Cyprus' street musicians only after she was...