Added by on 2016-01-02

European tourists and Syrian refugees meet each other on the Greek island Lesvos.

Sitting on a bench looking out over the sea they talk about war, fleeing, home, work, cars and pets.

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 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.

Only by way of the Greek islands alone there have been around 851.000 people arriving in the European Union by rubber boats.

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