Kaveh Bakhtiari descends into the hell of the illegal refugee from Iran. In an apartment in Athens, he films the everyday life of a group of men and one woman. One of them is Bakhtiari’s cousin, who makes it possible to record this invisible Europe. For thousands of euros each, they were brought to Greece by smugglers and left to their fate. What follows is poverty, hopelessness and a continual fear of being arrested. And they have to wait for a stolen passport from someone they look like so that they can move on into Europe. That can takes weeks or months. And maybe it will never come.
Bakhtiari records how the tensions grow within the group and the lethal risks the inhabitants take for a chance to have a humane life. The cruel paradox is that they seem to have to lose all their humanity first, occasionally with fatal consequences. Stop-Over will leave few people unmoved.


International title
Stop-Over
Filmmaker
Kaveh Bakhtiari
Country
Switzerland, France
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
100’
Language
Farsi
Producer
Elisa Garbar
Production Company
Louise Productions
Sales
Doc & Film International
Cinematography
Kaveh Bakhtiari
Editor
Kaveh Bakhtiari, Charlotte Tourres, Sou Abadi
Sound Design
Etienne Curchod
Music
Luc Rambo
Website
http://docandfilm.com/lescale