Ode to Lesvos is a documentary short by Johnnie Walker as part of its ‘Storyline’ initiative. Through this initiative, Johnnie Walker The Journey intends to share the incredible real inspiring stories of human triumph from all across the world through a series of films, reinstating the positivity, hope, progress to people.
Absolutely synonym to the brands’ mantra of #KeepWalking, it brings to us Ode to Lesvos. This film of 4.25 minute duration is inspiring, which highlights the victory of mankind. It is a real story of incredible people who created so much positive difference to the world through their actions. It is easy to give away, when one has in abundance, but this is an inspiring tale of a few such people who displayed generosity in spite of scarcity in their lives. Even though, these days when we pick up newspapers, these are flooded with news of murders, accidents, terrorist attacks and other crises. But, here is a real life example, where people grew beyond their limitations and extended optimum help and support to strangers who were in crises. The film does make one believe that there are so many people who make this world a beautiful place to live through their selfless contribution. The film does inspire people to embrace positivity and create a better world to live in. Ode to Lesvos is the true story of a few remarkable heroes who have kept the flag of humanity flying and have become the reasons for inking Greece on the map of Noble Peace Prize.
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The film showcases Europe’s Refugee Crisis of 2015, which saw the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe. It created and dominated headlines. The migrants earlier chose to cross Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, later they chose much deadlier route by crossing from Turkey to Greek Islands like Lesvos. The image of Aylan Kurdi, a young Syrian boy grabbed the attention of many and moved people, whose body washed up on a Turkish beach after a failed attempt to reach Greece. This is just one story, but there were enormous human tragedies of refugees trying to reach the shores of Europe. Many lost their lives. Many more could have lost their lives, if the islanders did not do their bit.
Ode to Lesvos brings to us the story of human triumph when mass exodus of refugees to the shores of Greece happened. There were lot of challenges in front of the islanders (approximately 153), right from rescuing such a large number of refugees (approximately three lakhs) to providing them with basic amenities. The very shot of debris, jackets in the seashore projects the scale of the crisis. This documentary interviews a few people / residents of Skala Sikamineas who were nominated for the Noble Peace Prize as representatives of the Island of Lesvos. They saved thousands of refugees. They shared that refugees came to ‘find somewhere to live’. Certain statements of theirs would move you: We were fishing people instead of fish. Fisherman Stratis Valamios says: “Can you really ignore what is in front of your eyes? Because, tomorrow it could be me. I could be on a boat with my family and I should like to be helped”. Three islanders Startis Valamios, Thanassis Marmarinos and 85-year old Aimilia Kamvisi have been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for their uncompromising compassion and efforts to rescue more than half a million refugees and provide shelter to them.
Ode to Lesvos is the true story of a few remarkable heroes who have kept the flag of humanity flying high with their acts of selfless compassion, kindness and positivity during refugee crises. Watch it.
Note: As part of the launch of Ode to Lesvos, Johnnie Walker The Journey India is supporting Mercy Corps, a leading global organization that helps people around the world survive and thrive after conflict, crisis and natural disaster. Since the Syrian war began, Mercy Corps has helped more than 7.7 million people affected by the crisis and expanded its programming to Greece and The Balkans in response to the migration crisis. In case, you want to make any financial contribution for the cause, please make it to Mercy Corps by using the link www.mercycorps.org/johnniewalker