Celtic Media Festival 2018
2-4 May 2018 2-4 May 2018

Open the Border

In February 2016 Saif, Seve and Tariq tried again to cross the Aegean Sea for the 10th time. This time they made it and a week later they arrived in Idomeni on the border between Greece and Macedonia. 14 000 refugees were crammed into makeshift shelters in the rain and cold weather. Their dream to reach Western Europe was destroyed by the harsh reality of their situation. For months they survived in these precarious conditions, armed with their unwavering will to try to cross this border which was only a few yards away on the other side of the barbed wire fence . The life of these young Yezidi people changed dramatically in August 2014 when their village was attacked by ISIS. Since then they have had only one purpose, to reach Germany to start a new life, far away from the genocide which had struck their people, family and friends. They undertook this dangerous journey in inhuman conditions, where they faced death several times and where they encountered the best and the worst side of humankind, the generosity of benevolent rescuers and the greed of the smugglers. Will their dream for a better future in Western Europe come true at a time when countries are closing their borders?

Open the Border
Entry Category
Single Documentary
Produced By
Gwengolo Filmoù
Yann Rivallain
Directed By
Mikael Baudu
Production Partners
France Television
Mikael Baudu
France 3 Bretagne, Tébéo, Tébésud,TV Rennes, Brez