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RAISING HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE

A look into the world of sea rescue on Europe’s borders.

According to the UN Refugee Aid, 79.5 million of the world’s population are currently displaced. 85 % of them are displaced within their own country or in neighbouring countries and only about 10 % come to Europe. Together with Amnesty International, refugees, sea rescuers, migration researchers and committed artists, we attempt to give abstract numbers faces and stories. We say ‘Life vests and Hope’ instead of borders and despair.

PROTAGONISTS

Markus N. Beeko
Markus N. Beeko
SECRETARY GENERAL AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GERMANY

Markus has been active in leadership positions for Amnesty in Germany and the International Secretariat in London since 2004. Before that he held management positions at the Swiss thinktank Prognos and an international communications agency. ©Amnesty International

Melissa Fleming
Melissa Fleming
UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS UNITED NATIONS

Melissa previously served the UN refugee agency, worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency and the OSCE. She is author of the book “A Hope More Powerful than the Sea”, and host of the award-winning podcast “Awake at Night”.

Katja Riemann
Katja Riemann
UNICEF AMBASSADOR, ACTRESS

Katja is committed to an open society and human rights. For her commitment she received the Federal Cross of Merit in 2010 and the Bad Iburger Courage Award in 2016. In 2020 she released her first book ‘Jeder hat. Niemand darf’.

Dariush Beigui
Dariush Beigui
CAPTAIN - IUVENTA 10

In 2016 Dariush went on his first rescue mission. Since 2018 he and nine other former crew members have been under investigation in Italy. The accusation is aiding and abetting illegal entry and can be punished with up to 20 years imprisonment.

Nazanin Foroghi
Nazanin Foroghi
ACTIVIST, DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER

Nazanin comes from Afghanistan and lived in Iran, from where she had to flee. In 2019 she landed in the Moria reception camp. She hopes for a better future, where she’s no longer a refugee and can help other refugees and fight discrimination.

Nadine Schori
Nadine Schori
ACTRESS

In addition to numerous theater engagements, Nadine acts in TV and cinema productions, writes and works as a director. In the context of the ‘Jewish Culture Days’ she annually curates the evening ‘Lerne lachen ohne zu weinen’ (Learn to laugh without crying).

Melika Foroutan
Melika Foroutan
ACTRESS

Tehran-born Melika is currently shooting for the film Mediterraneo, the story about Òscar Camps, the founder of the sea rescue association Proactiva Open Arms. From January 2021 she can be seen in the series “Tribes of Europa”. ©Jeanne Degraa

Friederike Kempter
Friederike Kempter
ACTRESS

With her role as Inspector Nadeshda Krusenstern in the Münster ‘Tatort’, Friederike became known to a large German speaking audience. In 2015 she visited the refugee camp Zataari in Jordan to report on the work of the UNHCR. ©Jeanne Degraa

Michael Ruf
Michael Ruf
AUTHOR, DIRECTOR

Michael directs documentary plays, which bring the fates of fugitives, human rights activists and victims of right-wing violence to the stage. He is founder of the non- profit project ‘Wort und Herzschlag’ (Word and Heartbeat).

Franziska Vilmar
Franziska Vilmar
SPECIALIST FOR ASYLUM POLICY & ASYLUM LAW AMNESTY GERMANY

Since 2012, Franziska is the advocacy coordinator for asylum law and policy at Amnesty Germany. Her main focus of work lies in European and German asylum policies. Before, she worked as a policy advisor in the German Bundestag for six years.

Maria Serrano
Maria Serrano
EXPERT & CAMPAIGNER ON REFUGE AND MIGRATION AMNESTY LONDON

Maria has led strategies on asylum and migration in Europe for the past 5 years, conducted research and designed campaigns. She has also worked on the criminalization of activists and organizations helping refugees and migrants across Europe.

Monika Wittkowsky
Monika Wittkowsky
SPOKESWOMAN AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FRANKFURT

A lawyer by trade, Monika has been responsible for the activities of the Amnesty Groups in and around Frankfurt for many years. With a wide variety of activities she wants to get more and more people interested in human rights.

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