By Dimitris YEROS


Social issues - Completed 2019

This is the in depth testimony of gay Muslim couple Ovil and Usman, whose only wish was to share a life together. This being illegal in their home countries, they are forced to escape towards the West. They end up in the infamous Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos where the West will show its ugliest face

& Awards

Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2019
10th LGBT Film Festival 2019
Oaxaca Film Festival 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Documentary, LGBT
    • Countries
    • GREECE
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 47 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Dimitris YEROS
    • Writer(s)
    • Dimitris YEROS
    • Producer(s)
    • Dimitris YEROS (Phyllo Editions)
    • Synopsis
    • This is the first cinematic work of renowned photographer and painter Dimitris Yeros who holds a second home in Lesvos and had first hand experience of the evolution of the refugee crisis and its impact on the island since its beginning in 2010. There he met the gay Muslim couple, Ovil Hasnat and Usman Javed, who undertook the harsh ordeal of following the underground caravan of refugees and immigrants that leads from Asia to Greece , just in order to escape to Europe and finally be able to live together. They ended up trapped in the infamous hot spot/refugee camp in Moria — where their “dream paradise” would show its ugliest face.
      Through their simple while shocking narration, the film tackles multiple issues that give us a broader view of the refugee crisis, the background of the people fleeing towards the European borders and the reasons which inspire them to take the risk of such a dangerous trip to the west. The tough living conditions of the refugees in their home countries, the homophobia and general social intolerance of the Muslim communities against anyone who is different from the prevailing religious social model, the lack of human liberties that we take for granted.
      Most of all, it illustrates the squalid living conditions and the human mosaic at the Moria camp through strong imagery of never before seen footage from the life inside and outside the camp, shot through different means, even mobile phones, as at the time when the film was shot, there was a government prohibition for journalists and film crews to enter the camp.
      But even in the face of such adversity, Ovil and Usman manage to find happiness and hope for the future drawing strength from the fact that they can finally live together. A fact that proves once and for all that freedom of choice and self - determination are worth every sacrifice.