Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Millions of people are fleeing from armed conflicts and destabilised regimes.
Knowing they may never be able to return home, many have decided to set out on the dangerous and perilous journey for a new life in Europe.
In 2015 more than 800,000 refugees and migrants sailed across the Mediterranean Sea. Half of them landed on the Greek island of Lesbos, crossing in overcrowded, rickety boats and rubber dinghies.
NOW I AM A REFUGEE tells the personal story of one Syrian refugee who crossed to Lesbos in the summer of 2015. Mazen Farouk takes us through his journey from Damascus, reflecting on his loss, his future and the fact that he is now a refugee. When he arrives in Holland, he hopes to create a better future with his fiancee in Europe.
A documentary by WEARRIVE
Directors: Christian Als & Kristoffer Juel
Director of Photography: Christian Als & Kristoffer Juel
Post Production Supervisor: Theis Clausen
Producer: Charlotte Esmann
Post Production: Pegasus Production
Editor: Christian Als / Kristoffer Juel / Theis Clausen / Rikke Selin
Colorist: Theis Clausen
Sound Design: Johan Høyer
Title Design: Mounia Bensalem
Tech: Kenneth Dederding Espensen
Score: Salomon Ligthelm, Tony Anderson, Rad Wolf, Blake Ewing
Thanks: Nilo Zand, Karen Lise Gaardsvig, Lotte Jakobsen, Eric Kempson, Melinda McRostie and MX.
Special thanks: Mazen Farouk and all the people we met on Lesbos and in Holland.