Sometimes we receive questions from people who are wondering about how this documentary has been made. Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions:
What was the motivation for this project?
At the end of March we made the documentary ‘Outside Syria’ at refugee camps in Lebanon. Here we could see with our own eyes how overfull the region of Syria had become due to the ongoing war in that country. We heard figures of 4.3 million people who had already spent years in a tent and due to their illegal status were not permitted to work. Their children were also not allowed to go to school. It was not difficult to understand that in the upcoming summer, when the sea is calm, a large number of these refugees would try to reach Europe. In may, two Syrian friends of us, made the illegal boat trip to Greece. This made us decide to do a new project.
Why on Lesbos?
Lesbos is one of the European places which lies the closest to the Syrian region. It is located only eight kilometres from Turkey. Because Lesbos is also a very touristic island, we came up with the idea of making a documentary in which the tourists and the refugees would meet one another.
After we decided to film with three cameras and that translation would be necessary we brought soundman Bob and translator Reem to the project. Through the contribution of two funds (the Miap Foundation and Stichting Dialoog) we had exactly enough to pay for all of the trip’s costs. The hours spent on this project were not included.