In March 2016 governments within the European Union closed their borders, leaving almost 60,000 refugees stranded in Greece, with no way to make the journey to their destination countries further north. Faced with hosting the refugees, the Greek Government decided to reopen a number of closed-down army camps as temporary residences and called on the army to set up and manage the camps: duties that they had neither trained for or experienced before.
Christy Kelly, a young English student, visited one such camp, in the small town Alexandria in Northern Greece. Along with local filmmakers he explores the role of the army and NGOs in organizing the camp, the daily lives of the refugees and the evolving relationship between the locals and their new neighbors; a relationship which has moved from unease, to understanding and on to still further unease.
Following the film there will be a Q&A session with the Director, Yiannis Koufonikos (Edge hill University) and the UK producer, Tim Kelly (Coventry University).
- 5.30pm – Registration
- 6.00pm – Film Screening
- 7.00pm – Q&A Session
- 7.30pm – Refreshments and Networking
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