• Ukrainians in Athens
    Work

    Teaching from within Janna Gontsar holds a doctorate in education and works in a children’s clothes shop in Athens –a job that “is not within her soul”. An experienced teacher, Janna is offering courses in language, history and culture at the Ukrainian School every Saturday for her compatriots’ children and organizes activities to promote the Ukrainian culture in Greece.

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  • Nigerians in Athens
    Here and There

    Bridges of culture Mihalis Afolayan was born and raised in Greece by Yoruba parents. While he thinks of himself as being Greek, he is in a quest for his African roots through art and culture. His efforts to create a cultural bridge between African and Greek people led him to the founding and operating a venue for artistic expression in Athens.

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  • Indians in Attica
    Art

    Living through kirtan For the Indian Sikhs, kirtan means “sacred chant” and brings peace to the heart. Every Sunday at the temple of Sikhs in Athens, Baljit Kaur offers her kirtan by playing the Indian harmonium and singing the sacred chants. She is in awe as she contributes her kirtan to the community. She devotes much of her weekly time to prepare for the Sunday kirtan event, composing her own melodies. Losing a Sunday at the temple makes “her heart [...]

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  • Indians in Attica
    Work

    The story of the ant Ramesh Kumar likens his will and determination for success to what the ant does in order to make it up to the top of the mountain it climbs, despite the barriers encountered on the way –a story his father used to tell him when he was a little boy. By applying the principle of hospitality and the spirit of family relations in work, he has created a very popular Indian restaurant in Athens.

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  • Albanians in Crete
    Family

    Blood ties Anna Maria (Gerana) Vila grew up in Crete and is now studying linguistics at the university in Rethimno. Accounting for her life in Greece, she speaks warmly about and shows respect for her family, her “blood”. In spite of her keeping close ties with Albania, she thinks of herself as being a citizen of the world, and dreams of traveling to, working and living in other places too.

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  • Egyptians in Thessaloniki
    Work

    Remaining silent ensures your living It is an early winter morning. The camera records a group of Egyptian fishermen on their fishing boat. Hosny Mohammed Adma describes the hardships experienced by his compatriots who work in a harsh labor environment where exploitation by the employers and uncertainty for the employees prevail.

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About the project

Video life stories of migrants is the product of a collaboration between migrants and Greeks. It consists of 20 short films which present the everyday reality in Greece in a way that combines the actually lived experience and the perceptions of both migrants and Greeks.

By following the methodology of participatory video, migrants and Greeks contributed actively to the design and execution of the project throughout the stages of its production. After being trained to use modern equipment for audiovisual recording and to the theory of film narrative, with an emphasis placed on life stories and observational documentary, 20 migrants and 20 Greeks working in pairs (a migrant and a Greek) filmed the life stories of 5 migrant groups (Egyptians in Thessaloniki, Albanians in Crete, Indians in Attica, Nigerians and Ukrainians in Athens).

The film narratives are focused on 4 fundamental aspects of daily life (family, work, art and the idea of “here and there”).