We, Philip Brink (art director) and Marieke van der Velden (photographer) are a couple from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Along with our commercial assignments for companies and NGO's, each year we do a project of our own together.

In these projects we try, without being in denial of the daily news, to add a nuance to the enormous amount of extreme news reports people are presented with on a daily basis.

Our previous projects brought us to Afghanistan where we asked the residents of Kabul about their favourite place in the city (A Monday in Kabul).

And in Lebanon we asked personal questions to Syrian refugees on behalf of our Facebook friends (Outside Syria).

Do you have any questions for us?     Feel free to send us an email on philipandmarieke@gmail.com or like our Facebook page.


Bob, Reem, Marieke & Philip



We would especially like to thank all of the people who participated in this project: Alaa, Finn, Husam, Annemarijn, Birvan, Ghanem, Tilmann, Seet, Mayada, Marcel, Hasan, Joana, Monique, Otis, Mohamad, Safi, Kea, Suhaila and PetraYou were curious about the other person, and in this an example to everyone in the world.

Along with soundman Bob Aronds and translator Reem Saouma we were a top team, 1,000 x thanks! Also for Dirk Braam and Emma Blanchard who showed us around Lesbos and brought us in contact with Melinda McRosti. We would certainly like to thank her for everything she does with her organization for the refugees. 

Once we returned home Joséf Iping helped with the editing, sound editor Marco Baay from Kaisersound Studio’s worked through the   

night for the sound, and musician Kemal Ultanur composed special music for the film. David from Storm Post Production did the colour correction. 

Pamela WilliamsAnna Lena MehrMaria Kozari, Andrea Spila, Laura Beltrán Villamizar, Giovanni Calvo, Yannick Kabwau, Andréia CastilhoTranslators for Peace, Beyhan Bektasoglu de Jong and Reem Saouma translated all of the text. 

We want to thank Calumet Photographic and Mattijsen Sound Electronics very much for lending us the equipment.

Great thanks too for the MiaP Foundation and the Stichting Dialoog (Dialogue Foundation) for their financial support. Without you this project would not have been possible.