Idomeni, in 2016; In this small village on the Greek-Macedonian border, an old lady recounts stories about locals who crossed the borderline and never came back. While her narrations reconstruct the History of the border, some Palestinians from Syria, living in the refugee settlement that has been built right next to the village, decide to set up a kindergarten. Thus, instead of waiting passively for the border to open, they exist in the present, they envision the future and they create conditions that bring them closer to a feeling of a home.
Cinematography, Production & Direction: Io Chaviara, Michalis Kastanidis
Editing: Michalis Kastanidis
Sound design & mixing: Pavlos Gkousios
Additional editing: Yiannis Kolozis
Interviews in Arabic: Emmanuel Haddad
Translation (Arabic): Emad Alahmad Subtitles,
Translation (Greek): Elias Diamesis
Translation (Kurdish): Hajeer Ranjbari & Badin Kobani
Color grading / DCP Authoring: Aggelos Mantzios
Graphic Design: Io Chaviara
Many thanks to those who let us in: Housam Jackl, Moutaz Mahmoud, Muhsein Naim, Nour Shehade, Sami, Bashar Ayoud, Mahmoud Alzafare, Ahmad Alsamo, Hiba Kharag, Aias Abdo, Mohamad, Refugees.tv, Panagiotis Xatzopoulos, Evaggelia & Giorgos Moutaftsidis, Vasilis and all the people of Idomeni camp.
Many thanks to: Fani Bitou, Nikos Katsaros, Andreas Samaras, Achilleas Kouremenos, Alexandra D’Onofrio, Gabriele Del Grande, Giorogos Kastanidis, Popi Evaggelidi & Cultural Kurdish Center of Athens.