Once Upon a Greek Island, Migrants and Tourists

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It’s hard to imagine enjoying a holiday getaway in an area rife with suffering. But it happens all the time, and not just in the developing world where verdant, gated resorts exist not far from impoverished shantytowns. Consider the Greek island of Lesbos, where sunbathers laze by azure waters while not too far away boats arrive daily full of families fleeing violence in Syria and other hot spots.Marieke van der Velden and her partner, Philip Brink, decided to bring together these two disparate groups — tourists and migrants — in “The Island of All Together.” Conceived in May, carried out in August and completed in December of last year, the project includes portraits, a documentary short and an interactive website. But the central interaction is the encounter between two people whose paths crossed unexpectedly.“Lesbos is an interesting place because there are tourists and refugees coming to the island and they are both there for a week or two,” Mr. Brink said. “So that’s how we came up with the idea to ask refugees and tourists to sit down and talk to each other and make a film out of it.”

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