Five Days on Lesvos

1 million refugees fled to Europe by sea in 2015. Half came through the Greek Island of Lesvos. Filmed in just 5 days during the summer of 2015, Five Days on Lesvos captures a dramatic week on the otherwise idyllic Greek island, through the eyes of refugees and volunteers caught in the middle of the greatest humanitarian crisis of our era. From relief as they land on the beaches, to bewilderment as they come to realise their struggles are far from over, the film captures the unfolding experiences of those on the frontline during a moment in history that embodies the entire refugee crisis - and Europe’s collective failure to deal with it.

  • Richard Wyllie
  • Samantha Brown
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Language:
    Arabic, English
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  • Student Project:
  • Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2017
    July 13, 2017
    Australia/Southern Hemisphere
    Winner: Best International Documentary
  • Raindance 2016
    United Kingdom
    September 26, 2016
    World Premiere
    Nominated: Best UK Feature
Director Biography - Richard Wyllie

Richard Wyllie has been directing documentary films for over a decade, for channels including BBC1, ITV and Channel 4 in the UK, and PBS and Nat Geo in the US. He was part of a team that won the Royal Television Society Journalism award for their Channel 4 Dispatches investigation into the ‘Plebgate’ scandal, and has made current affairs documentaries about a range of topics, from the Nobel Prize through to the US criminal justice system. His independent films have been shown at festivals around the world, and his short ‘The Art of Doing Nothing’ won best short documentary at the 2011 London Independent Film Festival. Richard has filmed across the globe, on all seven continents, and is used to filming in sensitive situations and difficult conditions.

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