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. (Publications)
Every summer many European tourists travel to the Greek island Lesbos for a sunny holiday. This year 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 one another about life
WHO IS WHO?
Click on the photos to get to know the people and watch their fragments:
HOW ARE THINGS NOW? BACKGROUND INFORMATION
After a long journey through Europe, all of the people in this documentary have safely reached Germany or Austria. Here they wait in refugee centres for the necessary residency documents. It is unclear when their procedures will be completed and what the outcome will be. Because for every child under the age of 18 within the EU education is manditory; the children are now going to school.
This is where the film has been published till now.
Only by way of the Greek islands alone there have been around one million people arriving in the European Union by rubber boats. How is it possible that such a great stream of refugees got started? Here you can read more about the background of this exodus.
Did everyone want to participate? And were the people casted for the film? Click here if you would like to learn more about how this film was made.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
We hope that the film will motivate people to talk with one another instead of about one another. The benches in the park or by the sea are quietly waiting for our conversations. You can help us by sharing this message as much as possible:
Share the film or trailer on social media, or with the students in your classrooms. Use it as a guideline for a debate about refugees with your city council or show it to your grandmother during the family dinner.
If you download the question cards that we used in the documentary, you can even organize your own ‘bench afternoon’ in a local refugee center or at your school. There are also questions for children. Here are some photo's of bench afternoons in the Netherlands.