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 set out on a grueling and uncertain journey from Istanbul to the Netherlands, when he would become one of the pioneers of what would be known as the “Balkan route.” Meanwhile, his wife Christine and their children prepare to leave their home in Damascus for a new life in Europe. Watch all six episodes above.
“The Journey” was commissioned by Field Of Vision, and published in English with The New Yorker, and in seven other languages. In December 2017, the series won film of the year at the UN’s Global Migration Festival.
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 for Field Of Vision
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.