European tourists and Syrian refugees talk with each other on the Greek island Lesbos.

Many European tourists travel to the Greek island Lesbos for a sunny holiday. This year thousands of Syrian refugees crossed the sea from Turkey and arrived on the island as well, looking for a safe haven in Europe.

Filmmakers Philip Brink and Marieke van der Velden invited European tourists and Syrian refugees to talk to one another about life while sitting on a little bench overlooking the sea.

The result is a short documentary in which the viewer wanders over the island and is made witness of conversations about war, fleeing, home, work, cars and pets. The Island of all Together is an ode to humanism and shows in a moving way what happens when we take the time to sit down and talk with each other in stead of about each other.

This project has been translated into German, Dutch, Arabic and Greek.

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