Filmmaker Q&A with Director Christian P. Coll

What motivated you to make this film?

I saw many images of the refugees on TV and didn’t really know what’s happened, the incredible number of people that crossed to Europe in the summer of 2015. I thought that I could explain the conflict with a new documentary, based in the human rights in the migration.


Can you describe any obstacles you encountered in making your film and/or in your distribution/exhibition efforts?

In the last part of the work was very difficult to enter to the train and the border camp. Many days of work, documents, and speak with the people who worked in the train for travel with the refugees to serbia. Very complicated.


What do you want audiences to take away from your film?

The human rights of the people are not natural, we live in a world of rules that we are responsible for.


Please list key points that should be covered in a post-screening discussion:

The borders – Human rights – Children’s rights  – Natural rules of birds – Mafia – mafia and collaboration with the government and police


What opportunities are available for those interested in getting further involved?

Work as a volunteer in NGo help them with money if don’t have free time. And think that you vote!


Please provide any additional resources (websites, links to additional videos, forms, articles, etc.): (personal site of the director)


Is there a particular documentary film or filmmaker that had a major influence on your career?

it’s possible.


Please tell us what camera(s) you shot with primarily – and any other special equipment that you used and why you used it.

NIKON D7100 (1st camera) – Fuji x20 (2nd camera) – GoPro HERO3 (3rd camera).  Audio direct to camera mic RODE – Audio extern ZOOM HN4


Please share a personal story about your experience making this film.

When I went to Lesbos by boat, the Athens port (Pireaus) it’s crazy, very big. I didn’t know where to go! Anybody help me, contradictions every time. Walking a lot and 10 min before closing the check in, I took a taxi inside the port! Finally, thanks to the taximan, when I discover where was my boat, I went out of the taxi, the door to entry was very far and jump the iron wall to enter to other section of the port. I threw my backpack for jumping to the wall(2meters – spiked iron fence). When the backpack fall down I remembered that the computer was inside… I listened one vary bad sound! crazy! all my work… After, I stopped a man with a moto and said that is an emergency because I lost the boat! and he carry me to the door of the boat! 1second before to close the doors…  Sweating is little.


Please tell us about any special styles or techniques that you used during the production of your film to help tell your story. 

No special techniques. Live with them, ask a lot and when have a plan o interview, shoot.


How did your story evolve from day one, to the very last day in post? Is your story what you thought it would be?

I thought at the first moment in a travel, but this travel were configured every day. I arrived to Athens and aks a lot of people what happened in every”hot point” and after, when I known the really, I moved to Lesbos, border of FYROM and Serbia.


Please describe the most rewarding experience you had while making this film.

Very bad experience,much suffering, but help the refugees is rewarding. I shooting for report, and arrive a lot of viewers is good!


What advice can you give to other impact filmmakers?

Enjoy your work, but no lost the dignity, one photo is not more important than helping the people.


What’s your favorite part about the filmmaking process and why?

Shooting, because I feel free and util


What’s the one item you always take with you when working out in the field and why? 

Proximity, meet people, and I don’t have enemies, only friends. Not judging before meeting the people.



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