We should not forget about the people who are at the borders in Bosnia Herzegovina, suffering since years on their way to escape the war in Afghanistan.
Years of waiting to begin a life in dignity, without war, without escape.
Now, at the not visible but cruel inhumane border in Croatia pushbacks from border police were daily reported to me form the people, since I visited there Protagonists from Afghanistan of Limbo- Documentary Film .
-The Keys of Moria-
Velika Kladusa, Bosnia , September 2021
In a long-term observation the film accompanies greek musicians and their students on the island of lesbos and describes how it was possible to play music under difficult conditions- until the fire in camp Moria . It also describes how to maintain humanity in crisis. Music is a universal language. Through the work of the protagonists the film approaches Moria up to the point of its destruction and to what’s left behind. It shows- over a period of three years- the situation of the refugees and the locals, both groups suffering from lack of support by the greek government as well as EU.
LIMBO reflects the bigotry of modern, „equal rights“ society; Europe retains the forgotten people from the south who fight for their life, their future and their dreams. In the refugee camp of Moria the migrants get by on their hope, their desire to live, express themselves and the idea of a better future. While waiting, daily routines in the camp go on and the refugees fill them with activities that add some sense to their life, such as music: music is one of those activities, and in this documentary we go inside camp Moria, into a group of classes where music teachers and students share their experiences. In the so called garden, a guarded fenced place inside Moria.
I’m telling you this story through the eyes of the people who are gathering in Moria in a place they call their garden and bring it to life with their love and music, as does the Kongo-born Greek Annita, who wanted to leave the island two years ago in order to search new professional experiences as a musician. But then came the call of an NGO, offering music lessons in Moria and a new challenge in work. We’re always close to the musicians who try to write their own songs. We learn about the hopes and dreams they had when they arrived on the island and how they change in the course of time. Throughout the last years we visited our protagonists , thus being able to learn about the developments on the island through their reflections. We also follow the story of a Akram who managed to leave the island and tries to start a new live on the mainland of Greece.
Limbo, the place-in-between, where people arrive to follow other paths. Hope and expectation to find a better place keep the stadium of waiting upright?