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The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement


Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe, Lesvos, Aegean Sea, dir. Amel Alzakout (2020, c. 23min).

Screening and group discussion

Coordinated by Study Group - Borders, Colonialism and Migration


‘On 28 October 2015, a migrant boat left the coast of Western Turkey heading to the closest European coast—the Greek island of Lesvos. The sea was rough, and the boat was old and overcrowded with more than 300 passengers. It sank 280m beyond the maritime border into Greece, in EU territorial waters, resulting in the death of at least 43 people. It was the deadliest incident in a period known as the ‘long summer of migration’, when over a million refugees and migrants attempted to reach EU shores by sea […] One of the survivors, the artist Amel Alzakout recorded the journey and the shipwreck on a waterproof camera attached to her wrist. This footage provides a unique situated perspective of this tragic event at the threshold of Europe.’

Reading list tbc.

Thursday, 30 November, 2023 - 16:30 to 18:00
Event location: 
Alison Richard Building (ARB), Sidgwick Site - Room S2