For 31-year-old Aboud, seeking asylum in Europe is the only way the Syrian father can reunite with his wife and two children. The only problem is getting there. I spent one year with Aboud as he sets out on a grueling and uncertain journey from Istanbul to the Netherlands, becoming one of the pioneers of what would be known as the “Balkan route,” while his wife Christine and their children leave their home in Damascus for a new life in Europe. Watch all six episodes above.
Directed, produced, filmed and co-edited by Matthew Cassel
Edited and co-produced by Olivia Dehez
Filmed in Syria by Simone Safieh
Executive producers: Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook
Translation/transcription by Bassel Halabi and Ali Si Hosseini
Color correcting by Pilou
Sound mixing by Post Biyik
Equipment used: Canon C-100 MkII, iPhone, Sony A7SII, Sony FS5, Canon 70D.