Takes us along on one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries, searching for a home to rekindle the greatest thing they have lost – Hope.
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It's hard not to wonder whether anyone who doesn't already care, or get it, will watch this. (Maybe fence-sitting liberals whose idea of 'help' has so far looked a lot like status quo...?) In light of which, it's even more important that films like this get made; humanizing, insistent, defying hopelessness. Even if (though hopefully not) only as a document of our guilt.
An universal and understandable face is put on the Syrian immigration crisis in this fine documentary by George Kurian. Universal in the sense that this could be anyone displaced by events or war simply striving to have a proper life that politics and borders don't try to snuff out. The kind of film experience that puts things in perspective.
With the simplest means Kurian achieves full impact. In documenting the fortunes of the refugees he shows the hardship of travelling and - even harder - the problems of adapting oneself to the life in a foreign country. It's frustrating to see how the energy and the optimism of the people crumbles step by step because of political restrictions and obligations.
A deep reality check to us all, and a raw look at the lives of refugees, their struggles, fears, frustrations, aspirations and memories - this documentary should be mandatory, specially to those to whom it's harder to understand that these people are humans too, and that they are by no way ungrateful or freeloading. They were forcefully alienated from their homes and are attempting to start anew.
Travesía de una familia de refugiados sirios hasta Europa. Personas que tenían una vida, una casa (ahora destrozada), un trabajo estable y una buena calidad de vida. De la noche a la mañana, se han quedado sin nada y han llegado a un continente que los rechaza. No buscan una vida mejor, buscan una vida.