People of Nowhere: Short, Powerful Film Captures the Human Dimension of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
–Aldous Huxley (1936)

Lior Sperandeo, who has previously directed short films called People of Mumbai, People of Nepal, and People of Senegal, returns with a film that resists focusing on a sense of place. People of Nowhere captures the plight of Syrian refugees, fleeing their worn-torn country for a safer life in Europe. Explaining how he came to make the dramatic film, Sperandeo writes:

I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to the EU. Then I went to Lesvos. 7 days on the Greek Island gave me a healthier, human perspective on the situation.  Seeing the people behind the headlines with my own eyes, and feeling their deep struggle, broke my heart.  Are they the ‘threat’ people talk about? All I saw were courageous people in a time of crisis, looking for hope.  I also got to meet brave volunteers from all over the world who reach out to help all people regardless of their religion, race or background. That inspired me.  My hope is that this video might tear down some of the walls of bad ideas and opinions we have built around ourselves.

You can watch Lior’s film, a reminder that real lives are stake in the slow-moving genocide in Syria, on Vimeo here. And visit his Vimeo Channel here.

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