Face-to-face, a personal encounter
(1745-55; < French: face to face; see visage)
As two engineers and an accounting major, filming a documentary on refugees was not part of the original four-year college plan. In the summer before our junior year, we travelled to Italy, Greece, Germany, and Sweden to meet Europe’s refugees and learn what life is really like for millions of migrants.
We met migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Gambia, Congo, and many other countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa, fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries.
Read about the organizations we met with and hear some of the incredible stories of resilience, community, and hope.
We met with a family from the Yazidi minority in Iraq who escaped from ISIS fighters when they came to their village. Sahir wrote down his story for us to share with you, unedited, that recounts his family’s struggle for freedom.
We visited Eichstätt, a city of 14,000 people with the world’s lowest unemployment rate (1.8%). Eichstätt not only took in more than their share of Germany’s refugees, but brought neighbors together to integrate the new arrivals in their community.