In August of 2017 we travelled to the Greek island of Leros, a small island near the Turkish coast that has been at the epicentre of the refugee crisis. The news crews and headlines had moved on to new disasters but a large community of refugees had remained. Many of these people are unable to proceed to mainland Europe due to stricter border controls and have gotten stuck on the island, with no prospect for getting work and in many cases being reunited with their families.
They had received a mixed reception from the local greek islanders, and while many opened their hearts and have been supporting the refugee population there has also been hostility from some fronts. The majority of the Lerians are ambivalent at best to the refugees and there has been very little integration between the two communities
We had heard about a cultural festival taking place at the end of the August, organised by a collective of creatives from around Europe that aimed to unite the greek community and the refugee community with 3 days of music, art, food and shared experience and understanding. The festival was called; The Yellow Days.
We decided to head to Leros in order to document this one of a kind project and create a documentary about the festival and the people living on Leros.
The film is currently in post-production and due for release in 2018.
We are also working closely with the festival organisers in creating a series of social media shorts about the festival which will be released over 2018.
For more information about this project head to http://yellowprojects.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/theyellowdaysfestival/