Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe, Lesvos, Aegean Sea, 28 October 2015
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. The incident was widely reported in international media. That reporting credited Frontex, the EU’s border agency, and the Greek coastguard, as having carried out of a successful and competent rescue operation. Our analysis disputes this, however, and opens up possibilities for civil society groups to call for accountability for lives lost in the Mediterranean.
Frágil Equilibrio (Delicate Balance)
A journey through the human condition, by José Mujica, which intertwines three stories in Africa, Japan and Spain. A film shot in 10 countries on 4 continents, which projects a look at urgent issues that affect the contemporary human being: migration, crisis, evictions, globalization, consumerism, and also survival, alienation, identity, freedom, loneliness, love, death. Frágil Equilibrio - Feature documentary film Written & Directed by Guillermo García López Producers: Guillermo García López, Pedro González Kühn, Pablo Godoy-Estel Executive Producer: David Casas Riesco Associate Producers: Marina García López, David Guerrero Pérez Cinematographer: Pablo Bürmann Color: Edu Aranda Sound Designer: Jose Luis Alcaine Bartolomé Re-Recording Mixer: Javier Fernández Film Edit: Guillermo García López, Victoria Lammers Music: Zeltia Montes Production Company: www.sintagmafilms.com
Pushbacks in Melilla: ND and NT v. Spain
On 13 February 2020, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rendered a judgment in the case of ND and NT v. Spain, the first trial to address ‘pushbacks’—the cross-border expulsion of refugees and migrants—at Europe’s land borders.