Even After Death

Douglas Herman / Said Reza Hossini Adib

Poland, United Kingdom 2020, 55 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English, Farsi, Greek

Subtitles: English

World premiere

Both poetic and disturbing tribute to the many refugees who have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. A plea against neglect, and for a human outlook on the realities at the European borders. Filmed by refugee filmmakers who themselves survived the deadly Mediterranean crossing.

Dr. Pavlidis has the gruesome job of examining bodies of drowned refugees. He tries to identify them with the help of DNA and their personal belongings. For him, the most important aspect of his work is respect: ‘Respect for the bodies, and respect for the relatives who wait for some news from someone.’

Since 2014, an estimated 20.000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to request asylum in Europe. Pavlidis is one of the people in Even After Death who testify about the impact this crisis has on everybody involved. People like Fereshta, now living in Athens, who lost her two daughters and her husband during the crossing. Or Philipp and Giulia, who carry out search and rescue missions at sea. And Teodoros, the coroner at a Lesvos hospital who tries to give the deceased refugees a respectful burial. All of them refuse to look away, and with a quiet dignity bring humanity to the refugee crisis.

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ReFOCUS Media Labs

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Talkshows & debates

Even After Death: Q&A with director Douglas Herman.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 17:00

Bahram Sadeghi talks to director Douglas Herman about the tribute that he made together with refugee filmmakers in memory of the many refugees who drowned on their journey to Europe.

Even After Death: Q&A with director Douglas Herman.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 16:45

After the film we talk with director Douglas Herman about the tribute that he made together with refugee filmmakers in memory of the many refugees who drowned on their journey to Europe.

Even After Death: Campus Night

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 20:15

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