In the scene of the last great exodus to Europe cinematic ally, the immigrant occupied the largest space, and the obsession of most filmmakers interested in the topic was to embody his suffering in reaching the dream continent, and the horrors he faced on the way to it.
In other words, the immigrant remained for the most part a center, while Europe was a party. To bring the latter closer to the center, the Greek director, Angelos Kovotsos, proposed a new treatment in his film “Europe.. The Dream” that combines the two elements and presents a conception of the difficulties awaiting those who come to it, which in essence stem from serious difficulties faced by the majority of their countries. On the contrary, there is a need to see Europe as it is through its people and those who reach it, not as a dream, but as a reality that requires careful reading and analysis with a deep vision emanating from within. Its most stable and wealthy countries are the embodiment of the shattering of the dreams of those arriving there when they receive decisions to expel them.
Three young men from Syria, Greece and Afghanistan in “Europe.. The Dream” are trying to realize that dream. Their age is almost on the verge of adulthood, and they live at the present moment in more than one European country, after Greece brought them together two years ago on its land with different living conditions. In Vienna, however, he faces the dilemma of adapting to an extreme right-wing tide that professes its xenophobia.
During their stay in Greece, the director kept them as a shadow and depicted their lives there with an enviable accuracy, from which he knew how to bring out the feelings inside them that strengthened the body of the documentary and provided him with the required sympathy with them, although their young age and the nature of their presence are enough to secure that aspect, but he wanted to deepen the sense of the difficulty of the place and dissipate They dreamed of it after saturating the inner side and surrounding it with the details of the place that embraces them and in which they live their experiences, and he follows the journey of the migrants outside it. In order to link them with the different times in which they lived, he used the “flashback” method (back to back) to make it easier for him to move between the current moment and the previous time period, and through it he could pursue the dramatic transformations in the lives of young people, with patience and deliberation that needed more than two years to visually satisfy him.
The film tells the story of three young men from Syria, Greece and Afghanistan trying to realize the dream of asylum in Europe
Young people migrate their reality..but to the unknown
The stories of the Greek documentary are overshadowed by sadness, and it evokes pain on young people who did not find their true opportunity in their countries, and circumstances did not give them the opportunity to live life as it should be lived in peace and with a minimum of stability.
The experience of the Syrian boy “Abdullah” who arrived in Greece alone, leaving his family to face their fate there, and he alone has to manage the matter of crossing the barriers to move from a country in which he knew nothing but war to another in which he knows no one. He had to face his own destiny after the war robbed him of his life as a child, leaving him no chance of backing out on his new path as a boy.
The situation is not much different for the Afghan “Ali Reza.” From poverty and civil war, he fled alone, crossing mountains and valleys, to reach Greece, and from there he wanted to go without money or aid to a second place that would secure the desired inner peace for him. Between his painful memories in Greece and the first impressive moments in which he arrived in Sweden there is a big difference, soon dissipated by discovering the reality of the similarity between the two European places, both of them rejected his existence and wanted to banish him. In Greece, he lived with immigrants like him under the roof of an abandoned factory, who slept on its damp cement floor and endured its cold that froze their bodies at night. They endured and were patient with it because of its close proximity to the port, and from it might come the appropriate opportunities to jump aboard the nearest ship, in which they might be lucky and take them to the land of another European country. If the circumstances of the Syrian and the Afghan are understandable, then the desire of the Greek “Andreas” to leave Greece seems arrogant, but the details say something else, because the country, after its financial crisis, did not leave a person like him with the opportunity to realize his dream.
Andreas loved theater and wanted to be an actor, but his parents wanted him to study in another field that might give him a chance to get a good job that would secure his future. The Greek scene is bleak, and unemployment affects his family. The sailor father left his job and bet on opening his own business, but after the 2008 global financial crisis he was forced to close it and pay the interest on loans borrowed from banks. Their economic and social situation is deplorable, and because of it, pressure increases on the boy, who is thinking of emigrating and studying in a European country other than his own.
Following the life path of the Greek in two years reveals the reality of the stifling economic crisis that the country is going through, which is pushing everyone towards despair, and with it, the opportunities for immigrants to live in it are almost impossible. The emigrants knew this by their own accord and began planning to get out of it into the unknown.