A documentary about the objects lost by refugees trying to cross Serbia - and about the stories of their owners. Often, these letters, pictures, and children’s toys, are the only remains of their journeys, and sometimes of their lives. In our film, we want to reconstruct the identities and lives of the possessors of these objects and return them to their owners. By doing so, we hope to also restitute a piece of their identities, their history, as well as their dignity.
West Balkan Route
This is about representation: Refugees are either talked about in terms of numbers or through dramatic images; numbers of people trying to reach the EU; costs to keep the refugees out. Images of drowned children, families stuck in the mud, fences, frozen toes. While we believe that it is essential to show these images, we think that we have to find ways to represent these people that go beyond their status as refugees, and restitute some of the dignity they have been deprived of.
We will have finished the research and filming of our documentary and started post-production.
We are now working on the development of this documentary, assisted by the Future Docs initiative.
End of March: First research trip to Serbia during which we want to find an object that is suitable for our documentary and set out further research steps. We will be assisted by the Serbian Asylum Protection Center in our research.
April/May: further development and research.
Summer/autumn: filming in Serbia along the West Balkan Route, country of origin and country of arrival
Winter 2016/17: start of post-production
Target audience: European and international viewers who need to know more about the lives of the refugees trying to reach the EU.
Stakeholders: Refugees, refugee organisations (in particular the APC in Serbia), civil rights organisations, educational entities
To those of you who work with refugees - have you come across the type of objects that we are looking for and which stories you would like to share with us?