The island of all together

Marieke Van Der Velden



Every summer many European tourists travel to the Greek island Lesbos for a sunny holiday. In 2105 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 while sitting on a little bench overlooking the sea.

The result is a short documentary 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. (23 min)

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  • Behind the scenes while making the documentary

  • Annemarijn and Birvan

  • Archie and Wissam

  • Alaa and Finn

  • Mohamed and Jan

  • Marcel and Hasan

  • Joana and Monique

  • Rashad and Otis

  • Suhaila and Petra

  • Seet and Mayada

  • Ghanem and Tillman

  • Selma and Husam