Every summer, the Greek island Lesbos attracts tourists looking for a sunny holiday. But in 2016, Lesbos served as a way of passage for thousands of refugees seeking asylum in Europe. Filmmakers Philip Brink and Marieke van der Velden, invited tourists and refugees to talk to one another while sitting on a little bench overlooking the sea. This short film documents their conversations about their journeys, family, work, and more. The documentary shows what happens when we sit down to talk with each other instead of about one another.


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  • Raguanthan M

    Dear Sir/madam i am really surprised on this talk that, brought a great feelings and steers into their heat to heart feelings open their facts, which is common who were fall into a war grounds and the darkness of the life , it may awake like this conversations,

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  • Interested in how to make your own "bench afternoon," similar to what the tourists and refugees did in the video? Visit the Island of All Together website to learn more.
  • According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 65.6 million people have been forced from their homes, among them nearly 22.5 million are refugees. Learn how you can help.
  • This week, ask a friend or family member about their story while practicing these active listening tips.

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