It’s often nearly impossible to comprehend what people on the other side of the globe are actually experiencing in their day-to-day lives. Add in extreme circumstances that the majority of us have never had to deal with, and it becomes even harder to fathom. The Journey to Europe is a pure depiction of a group of Syrian refugees, trying to relocate and reestablish some sort of normalcy for their children and family. The candidness and untainted representation of the struggle undergone by these families is what makes The Journey to Europe such a compelling watch.
The films were made by documentarian Matthew Cassel and are an extremely intimate and immersive exploration of what the refugee crisis really represents. Its lead character Aboud is in the midst of a desperate attempt to get his family out of Syria and into the EU. Aboud had been away from his family for two years when he and Cassel met; Cassel followed him for the next eight months. They risk their lives traveling by foot, bicycle, and sea from Turkey to Greece to Macedonia. It’s work like this that hopefully help people gain a true perspective on what the refugee crisis actually entails on a human level.
As Aboud says in the film, media need to stop focusing on the fact that these people are migrating to Europe and start focusing on why these people have been forced to endure such horrific circumstances and abandon their home country in the first place.
Make sure you watch all 6 episodes if you can.