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Philoxenia

PHILOXENIA is the story of what happened when 400k refugees landed on the shores of Lesbos over a 5mth period in 2015.

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Impact areas

ENVIRONMENT

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

WOMEN & GIRLS

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Anne Tsoulis

  • PRODUCER Alison Wotherspoon

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

PHILOXENIA
Gk: Kindness to Strangers
Antonym: Xenophobia

The Greek villages of the island of Lesbos - Petra, Efthalou and Skala Sikamineas line the Mytilini Strait, just 10 kilometres across the sea from Turkey. They form the frontline and entry point not only to Greece but also to the rest of Europe.

Between May and October 2015, during the height of the Syrian war, Turkey opened the floodgates to Greece and in this five-month period approximately 400,000 asylum seekers crossed the straight to these villages. For the local residents it was catastrophic but also life changing. The global community was absent and it was left up to the locals to rescue and care for up to 2000 refugees landing on their shores each day. Local fishermen went out towing the boats to safety while ordinary citizens dragged the dead and the living out of the sea.

The peaceful life on the island changed dramatically, with no help coming, an intimate drama played out between the villagers and the refugees.

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16.00% funded
  • $20,000.00

    FUNDING GOAL
  • $3,200.00

    FUNDS RAISED
  • September 2020

    PROJECT ENDS
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Jenn Tranter $50.00
Diana Glenn $50.00
Judith Dwyer $50.00
stephen acton $50.00
Artemis Sidiropoulou $50.00
Marian Parkinson $100.00
Jim Lesses $50.00
David Donaldson $1,000.00
Julia Erhart $100.00
Margaret Cassar $100.00
Barbara Baird $100.00
Athina Tsoulis $200.00
Anonymous $100.00
Diane Ranck $1,000.00
Marcus Motteram $100.00
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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Philoxenia is a social justice film and a call to action and awareness of the situation, not only in Lesbos, but throughout many places in the world, where civilian populations are affected by and giving support to refugees. Philoxenia aims to highlight the limited global response in assisting local communities as well as the refugees. This film presents the humanity and generosity of ordinary people who choose to help people fleeing war, often at great personal cost.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

A greater awareness of the current situation in Lesbos, the roles of governments, NGOs and communities in dealing with refugee crisis and a call to action to help revive the communities in Lesbos still affected by the mass migration in 2015.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The impact will be measured by the inclusion of the film in international and national film festivals, cinema release, as well as broadcast and educational distribution. There will also be rich data generated by the accompanying website and online resources that will also track its impact.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have strong links to the villagers in Lesbos, social justice, refugee and humanitarian networks in Greece as well NGOs and special interest groups in Australia.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We hope to positively influence peoples understanding of the scale and global nature of displaced people and refugees currently facing the planet and for this to impact on the way in which communities and govenrments respond to the crisis rather than adding to it.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

By distribution and website data, audience feedback, and critical responses to the film.

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