Routes is an attempt to interrupt the media and public discourse around migration and refugees, which is so often apathetic, misguided or even hostile. We aim to bring the migrant crisis back into the public eye in a human and dignified light.
The Routes Film is a feature length documentary that explores the journey of three humanitarian aid workers travelling through one of the main migration routes into Europe, from Turkey to Brussels, the heart of the European Union. Throughout the journey, we stopped off at key transit points engaging the local population and refugee communities through ROUTES festivals. The festivals aim to bring together local communities and the local refugee populations, and in doing so draw attention to the particular issues pertinent to their context.
How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?
The Routes Film, formerly named the Odyssey Project, is an offshoot of Refugee Aid Serbia, a functioning NGO that sampled a routes festival in their native country before taking it to six other cities. The documentary focuses on its main three humanitarian aid workers as they travel through one of the main migration routes into Europe.
What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?
Aims & Objectives
Our film aims to highlight the continuous plight of migrants and refugees along the Balkan route and spark critical thinking that may change the negative rhetoric and stigma in which people view migrants. The hope is to raise awareness and empathy of the situation and empower citizens in countries that can support refugees to take action.
It is our hope that through experiencing the film viewers will leave with a call to action and get involved in a myriad of ways supportive of refugee issues, leading to long term, systematic change. These will be discussed in the film and information will be provided on our website and linked social channels. A template and support will be provided to countries keen to get involved in the Routes festival movement creating a franchise supported by Refugee Aid Serbia
What is your education and outreach strategy?
We aim to use the film as a key resource tool in schools and through future Routes festival events to create yearly global integration festivals, start conversation and help change unjust policies. A more engaged and empathic society towards refugees and migrant communities, and better institutional and societal response to their plight. A continuation of community building through regular Routes festivals and related projects across Europe and globally engaging refugees and local communities.