In a long-term observation the film accompanies greek musicians and their students on the island of lesbos and describes how it was possible to play music under difficult conditions- until the fire in camp Moria .
In a long-term observation the film accompanies greek musicians and their students on the island of lesbos and describes how it was possible to play music under difficult conditions- until the fire in camp Moria . It also describes how to maintain humanity in crisis. Music is a universal language. Through the work of the protagonists the film approaches Moria up to the point of its destruction and to what’s left- the music. It shows- over a period of three years- the situation of the refugees and the locals, both groups suffering from lack of support by the greek government as well as EU. Moria had been a symbol of failure of Europes migration politics. I'm telling you this story through the eyes of the people who are gathering in Moria in a place they call their garden and bring it to life with their love and music, as does the Kongo-born greek Anita, who wanted to leave the island two years ago and search new professional experiences as a musician. But then came the call of an NGO, offering music lessons in Moria and a new challenge in work. We're always close to the musicians who try to write their own songs. We learn about the hopes and dreams and fears on the island and how they change in the course of time. Throughout the last years we visited our protagonists with the camera on regular terms, thus being able to learn about the developments on the island through their reflections.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
The film widens the perspective on the migration debate, giving the human beings behind this debate a face. How do refugees change the life of the locals? What is their personal attitude towards these changes? How did the situation on the island develop and still is developing? What were the expectations the refugees brought with them and how did they change? How do the volunteers feel, who came to the island in order to help? How do they experience their time on and what are their feelings when they leave the island?
Why would you support this project?
Since migration and refugees are a subject of anybody’s interest, the film should go out to everybody as well. Besides being shown in movie theatres it should be seen in thematically related events as well, such as social, religious organizations, congregations and institutions involved in the matter. Advice and thought food for those who consider a „volunteering“ are also given. The documentary widens the perspective on Migration.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
The fire in camp Moria prolonged the production period, a new trip was necessary and important, since the location of the film was destroyed and changed the situation of all involved a lot . For the post-production I need another two month of support to finance cutter Deborah Uhde from Berlin and a greek sound-designer from the island. Copyrights for music have to be checked and translation work for subtitles and press has to be done to open access to a wider audience, since the film is to be shown in 3 languages, english/greek/german and subtitles as well. In this fashion it shall apply for participation in international film festivals, where an enrolling fee has to be paid.
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Who are the people behind the project?
Christine Diegler is an editor and filmmaker .. Her short film Berta won the audience award of Wolf Cinema in Berlin recently. She is currently working on a documentary about a music project with refugees on the island of Lesvos.
Hanne Klaas started with pinhole photography and studied cinematography in Berlin Beuth School, after initially working in the film industry. She was completing her degree with a feature-length documentary which won the young talent prize for camerawork at the Internationalen Frauenfilmfestival in Dortmund/Köln. For her tri-national masters program in Film and Media Studies. Currently, she resides in Berlin with her three children and works as a camera woman and editor for documentary films while developing her own next feature-length documentary project.
Deborah Uhde is a media artist and film editor. She is specialised on documentary. essayistic and experimental films, as well as installative formats. Her own films she worked on has been shown at different occasions during festivals and gallery shows such as International Film Festival Rotterdam, Hanoi DocLab, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin Art Week, Art Basel or Contemporary Art Ruhr. She is currently editing Limbo Documentary.
Sophie Stephan is a media artist from Leipzig. In addition to various exhibition projects, she works as an art mediator and videographer. She is currently working on her first long author documentary.
Nils Reinecke is cutter and cameraman with a strong focus on non-fictional formats. He preferably works on topics of environmental conservation and implemented projects for clients like GIZ, Rettet den Regenwald e.V. and RBB