More Rovies

It has taken me over a week to write this post, as I was so moved my our time in Rovies. Rovies broke my heart. By that I mean it grew several sizes in sensitivity and empathy. Rovies is a wonderful place, as perfect as could be imagined. It is run by dedicated,...

Manar’s Story

WARNING: This may be the longest and most convoluted blog post you will ever encounter. It talks about a particular family's journey from Syria to Europe, but it also lays out the complex and opaque rules and procedures that govern their lives after they land on...

Appreciation

At this point, with our journey half over (but barely a quarter so in the blog, at this point, we have yet to report on the profound experience we had in Rovies) we are taking stock, figuring out what we still need, and massaging our schedule to make room for new...

Back to Rovies

Evia is Greece’s second largest island, after Crete. Because it lies just east of the Greek mainland, many people don’t even realize that it’s an island. After filming in Thermopyles, our next destination was Hotel Rovies, on Evia. We left Athens in the afternoon,...

23 May- More City Plaza and George Moschos

We returned to City Plaza for a few hours shooting. Here are some scenes from the kitchen. After that, we went for an in-depth interview with George Moschos, Greek Ombudsman for Children’s Rights. He was one of the first people Zaphiris contacted at the beginning of...

Hiyam’s Story

The first thing we saw when we entered the room was the cake, sitting on the floor. A beautifully decorated cake, worthy of a pastry shop display....sitting on the floor of a tiny, disheveled room with bunk beds, a tiny sink and a small dresser. This is how we met...

Monday 22 May, Hotel City Plaza

After a bit of a regroup on Sunday in Athens, when we finally met Vicky Leontou (a journalist who has opened so many doors for us and is our Associate Producer) at a wonderful dinner at her home, we were back at it on Monday, at Hotel City Plaza. We will be going into...