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Film screenings and discussion of the criminalization of refugees on the Greek islands, 13–17 December.

Solidarity for the MORIA 35: March in Mytilini / Lesbos, April 2018 Legal Centre Lesbos

Lesbos, Greece, 2017: for months, refugees have been protesting against the inhumane living conditions in Moria camp. On 18 June, a peaceful sit-down strike comes to a violent end when police storm the refugee camp and brutally arrest 35 men.They wait in prison for nine months before facing a trial, even though there is no evidence against them. "As far as I understand, I was only arrested because I am black", says Didier Ndiay from Senegal.
The first part of the film follows the various protests and the arrest of the 35 men in Moria camp. The second part accompanies the refugees' trial and gives an outlook on their respective life situations after the sentencing, ranging from a life in freedom to imprisonment and deportation.
The case of the Moria 35 is paradigmatic for the ongoing criminalization of refugees on the Greek islands since the conclusion of the EU-Turkey Deal. Therefore, before showing the film there will be a brief introduction to the situation of refugees since the deal between the EU and Turkey was struck in March 2016.
The film will be followed by an open discussion with director Fridoon Joinda, who lived as a refugee on Lesbos and has made numerous films about the situation on the island, and with producer Valeria Hänsel, who is working on Lesbos for the organization Bordermonitoring and the Network for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies. At the events in Göttingen and Berlin, the lawyer Lorraine Leete, who has been providing legal advice for refugees at the Legal Center Lesbos for 2 years, will also provide information on the legal background.

Entry is free-of-charge.

The film will be shown in English in five different cities across Germany:

13 December: Marburg (Capitol Kino), 20:00
14 December: Hannover (Echkeller), 19:00
15 December: Göttingen (Hörsaal, Platz der Göttinger Sieben, HSG); 19:00
16 December: Dresden (Kosmotique e. V.), 19:00
17 December: Berlin (Kino Moviemento), 19:00

The tour is realized in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.