Documenting Lesbos

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Boats of refugees approaching Lesbos island and filmmaker Conor Maguire

Conor Maguire and Paul Webster are two freelance filmmakers based in Dublin.

They write:

In 2015, over 500,000 refugees have made their way to Lesbos island from Turkey via overloaded inflatable rafts. This represents 59% of all refugees who made their way to Greece last year. Projections are that refugee numbers making the dangerous journey across the Aegean Sea could double this year.

Lesvos is a tiny community that has found itself at the centre of a vortex: the greatest migration of people since World War Two. We wish to travel to Lesvos in March as a two-person crew to document the situation.

Against the backdrop of international stalemate, clashing ideologies, technocratic power plays, economic ruin and a war that could spark something terrifyingly large, people are showing the best and worst of humanity on one small island.

We wish to speak with volunteer and professional aid workers, local residents, on-site journalists and, most importantly, refugees to document this critical juncture in European history.

We are launching this campaign to raise €3,000 to cover only the most basic aspects of our work: transport, accommodation, insurance and food. Everything else will be covered by us.

Our aim is to create a short documentary that is as shareable and mobile as possible. We think this is an important story to cover in an unfiltered way, without politics or ideology. We hope you think so too and help make this production viable.

Those who wish can donate to Conor and Paul’s fund here

Previously: A Letter From Lesbos

A Drop In The Aegean

Pic: La Kaseta

14 thoughts on “Documenting Lesbos

    1. ollie

      €3,000? Are you travelling by private jet?

      How about you be fair and look for funding for a share of your profits.

  1. fluffybiscuits

    The issue is that this topic is covered a lot, you may be better to ask a couple of NGO’s could you piggyback on their relief efforts (dunno pay your airfare?) and you make a film for them. The principals behind it would be inline with the work of the NGO and its a win win. Wishing you all the very best of luck in your venture :)

  2. ollie

    There are other and cheaper documentaries you could make:

    Babies buried in a field in Galway
    Michael Noonan’s involvement (or not) in child abuse cases
    If I want information on Lesbos and Syrian refugees I’ll ask Google.

    1. Baz

      No but don’t expect these guys to address that, their intent is clear, use an emotional Trojan horse to pull tears in an attempt to bend rational people’s will.

  3. Charger Salmons

    ” Our aim is to create a short documentary that is as shareable and mobile as possible. ”

    Three grand for a youtube video ? Seems a lot to me.

    ” We think this is an important story to cover in an unfiltered way, without politics or ideology. ”

    And what politics or ideology do RTE,BBC,ITV filter their news coverage through ?

    This is amateur hour.

    1. mauriac

      ” We think this is an important story to cover in an unfiltered way, without politics or ideology.” so Bieber does Lesbos? . The writer of that idiotic sentence doesn’t deserve €3 let alone €3000.

  4. Charger Salmons

    ” We wish to speak with volunteer and professional aid workers, local residents, on-site journalists and, most importantly, refugees to document this critical juncture in European history.”

    You don’t speak ” with ” people you speak ” to ” people.
    Didn’t they teach you anything on your journalism course ?

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