Film Trip Review // Athens 2017

Hours of time, care and love (given) to the refugees and their situation…we need more couples like them in this world!

Last year we created a film surrounding the refugee crisis in Athens, and the work that the Salvation Army are doing there to help those stuck in the horrible situation. That film raised over £300,000 in a single week – read more about it here.

The film crew that went out to Athens last year, were so impacted by what they had experienced that we decided to self-fund a project for this year and started looking at putting a broadcast documentary together, detailing the work of the Salvation Army, and the effect that the money from last year’s film has had on the situation.

One of the stand-out parts of last year’s trip was meeting Maria & Polis, an incredible couple who are dedicating their lives to helping others. They’ve given hours of time, care and love to the refugees and their situation. Rescuing young girls from sex trafficking, helping families to get off the streets and feeding those who have no money for food. In the words of one of the cameramen – ‘we need more couples like them in this world!’

There are now over 60,000 refugees living in Athens, and throughout the city are harrowing scenes of drug abuse, human trafficking, gang violence and extreme poverty. We were able to hear stories of children from Aleppo and other areas of Syria who have been helped by the Salvation Army Centre in Athens, thanks to the money raised from the video we shot there last year. There is still so much more to do before this crisis is mended, but here at Fruitmedia we feel honoured to be able to tell the stories of those whose voices wouldn’t otherwise be heard, and to help them through fundraising and the power of film.

The footage from this trip is now in the edit suites, and we cannot wait to share the finished piece with you as soon as it’s complete.

Lydia Oakley