Film

Irina Patkanian – Film director (irinapatkanian.com); lensed by Gus Ford (gusfordphotography.com)

Scenes from immersive documentary film projected on a screen transpose images of dinghies overcrowded with refugees disembarking on Lesvos shores and walking towards refugee camps. By the end of the play we realize that what we have been watching on screen is what happens after Iphigenia and million others cross over the Aegean sea.

We spent September and October of 2015 on Lesbos island, Greece where the refugee crisis was unfolding. On average 70 boats came every day with 4,200 people. A third of them are children. After disembarking, children get wrapped up into silver and gold thermal blankets. The golden foil, a bit scary at first, eventually makes these children of strange lands look like precious gifts to us all – wonderful, undeserved, holding the mystery to the future.