A search light from a supertanker. Photo: Gründer Film

Refugees on Film

Refugees crossing the Mediterranean in a tiny craft, carrying two GoXPro cameras. The new documentary The Crossing – which was screened by SVT on 1 November – portraits Syrian refugees during their hazardous journey to Europe and the asylum process once they get there. Rami Aaramouni and Angela Alsouliman, two of the people portrayed in the film – as well as shooting a lot of it – joined us at this Filmrummet along with director and DoP George Kurian.

Flykt på film, medverkande George Kurian, Rami Aaramouni, Angela Alsouliman och Hanna Heilborn.

The Crossing takes us along on one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries, searching for a home to rekindle the greatest thing they have lost – hope.

They make it to Europe, only to find out that the hardest part of their journey still lies ahead. Months of uncertainty and waiting, living in one centre after another, takes a toll on their spirits, as they confront what being a “refugee” means.
The seminar will focus on the filmmaking process and on how new technology opens up new possibilities to give a more nuanced perspective and deeper understanding of the current regugee crisis. 

Moderating the talk is Swedish filmmaker Hanna Heilborn, co-owner of the production company Story AB, known for Hidden (2002), Slaves (2008) and Sharaf (2011) which she directed tohether with David Aronowitsch.

This seminar will be held in English.

When: Thursday 22 oktober, 9.00 – 10.30 am.
Where: Bio Mauritz in Filmhuset at Borgvägen 1 in Stockholm
RSVP: Via e-mail:, by 20 October