Acclaimed Actress Vanessa Redgrave Presents her Film on Refugee Crisis at Athens Film Festival

Acclaimed British actress Vanessa Redgrave, presented her documentary film “Sea Sorrow”, which is about child refugees in the European migrant crisis, at a special screening in Athens, on Friday evening.

The film is part of the 23rd Athens International Film Festival “Opening Nights”, which runs from September 20 to October 1, 2017.

The documentary was inspired by the photo of Alan; the 5-year-old Syrian boy whose body was washed up on a Turkish shore in 2015 while his family was struggling to cross the Aegean Sea to get to Greece.

Redgrave also wrote the documentary script, which chronicles the story of refugees in Europe since the 20th century.

The film is seen through the eyes of children, and the voices of activists and artists in France, Britain, Italy and Greece.

After visiting refugee camps in Greece in 2016, Redgrave said that she was amazed by the big hearts of most of the Greek islanders who helped these people land on their shores.

“I did say, and I say it in the film that the Greek people gave a lesson in humanity,” she said in a press conference before the screening.   She also praised the Greek people for their solidarity and generosity towards the refugees, and added that they have set an example at a time when they were already hit hard by the economic crisis.