The island of all together

Meetings at the Greek coast

Every summer many European tourists travel to the Greek island Lesbos for a sunny holiday. In 2015 and 2016 thousands of refugees crossed the sea from Turkey and arrived on the island as well, looking for a safe haven in the European Union. Filmmakers Philip Brink and Marieke van der Velden invited tourists and refugees to talk to one another about life while sitting on a little bench overlooking the sea. The result is a short documentary of 23 minutes with conversations of war, fleeing, home, work, love, but also cars and pets. It's an ode to humanism and shows what happens when we take time to sit down and talk with each other in stead of about each other.

Watch the documentary here.

Marieke came to talk about the documentary at one of our first meetups in 2017.