The Island of All Together
Marieke van der Velden | Philip Brink
Every summer, many European tourists head to the Greek island of Lesbos for a holiday in the sun. Last year, thousands of refugees also arrived on the island after making the perilous journey across the sea from Turkey, looking for a safe haven in the European Union.
Filmmakers Marieke van der Velden (NL, 1974) and Philip Brink (NL, 1980) invited tourists and refugees to talk with one another about life while sitting together overlooking the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea. The result? A short documentary with conversations about war, fleeing danger, home, work and love, but also cars and pets. An ode to humanity, it illustrates what happens when we take the time to sit down and talk with each other, instead of about each other.