The Journey

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, while his wife Christine and their children 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, in German with Der Spiegel, and soon in Dutch with NRC (more languages coming).

Directed, produced and filmed 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 by Bassel Halabi and Ali Si Hosseini
Color correcting by Pilou
Sound mixing by Post Biyik