Reporter Matthew Cassel spent a year documenting the journey of Syrian jeweler Aboud Shalhoub as he travels from Turkey to Greece, and through Eastern Europe to the Netherlands to be reunited with his wife and children, whose story is told from Damascus and then the Netherlands. This six-part series is an extraordinary accomplishment and highly recommended.
Part One: No Choice
After spending two years attempting to build a life in Turkey so that he can move his family out of Syria, Aboud realizes the best way to relocate his family is to take a difficult 1700 mile journey through the EU to apply for asylum. 9 mins
Part Two: By Air or By Land?
After finding his way to Athens with his brother, Aboud joins with other refugees to plan the best way to get to The Netherlands so that they can apply for asylum. 11 mins
Part Three: The Balkans Trek
In a true test of endurance against social and environmental pressures, Aboud and his brother decide to walk together through the Balkans joined by many other refugees from the Middle East. 12 mins
Part Four: Welcome to the EU
Aboud and his brother only have to cross the Serbian border to gain access to the EU. 13 mins
Part Five: Reunion
Aboud’s wife and two children prepare to be reunited with him in the Netherlands after more than two years of only seeing him via Skype calls. 13 mins
Part Six: The Backlash
As Aboud’s family starts their new life together in the Netherlands, anti-immigrant nationalists gain power and visibility across the EU. 13 mins
You can read an interview with the director here.
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