CROSSING POINT

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Petros Gioumpasis - Greece, 2013 – 6:40 min – Documentary

What has once been „just“ an ecosystem around the river, is now the external border of the European Union. The film follows the traces of refugees crossing the border river between Asia and Europe like a nature film would trace the animals. Lost pieces of cloths, a broken suitcase without a name on it, burnt wooden briquettes – all these objects certify the presence of people on this wild territory. People about whom we know so little, like about wild animals that are invisible to us. The walls of Europe are not only that of wired fences and access control points but are constituted by the lack of protection and lack of our knowledge of the others, of those, who cross them to live with us.

 

Was einmal ein Ökosystem um den Fluss herum war, ist heute eine Außengrenze der Europäischen Union. Der Film folgt den Spuren der Flüchtlinge, die die Grenze am Fluss zwischen Asien und Europa passieren wie ein Naturfilm den Spuren von Tieren folgen würde. Verlorene Kleidungsstücke, ein kaputter Koffer ohne Namen, ausgebrannte Holzbrikette – diese Objekte zeugen von der Präsenz von Menschen auf einem wilden Territorium. Über diese Menschen wissen wir so wenig wie über die wilden Tiere, die für uns unsichtbar bleiben. Die Mauer von Europa sind nicht nur die elektrischen Zäune und Kontrollpunkte; sie sind konstituiert durch mangelnden Schutz und durch das Unwissen über diejenigen, die sie überqueren, um mit uns zu leben.

 

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Ya learn something new everyday. It’s true I guess!

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The answer of an expert. Good to hear from you.

Thanks for helping me to see things in a different light.

So, finally made it to Jama. Was not a bad buergr, but for 175 you could expect some more love for the detail, specially as everyone expects it to be the No1 buergr, so they should take extra pride in making it perfect, each and every day. Patty was good, thick, juicy. Salad was cut in to little pieces, not a leaf you can eat in a bun. Onions sliced very nice and thin, but only outer rings- no olives this time. Tomatoes ok, fries were homemade (or at least out of the “home made” deep frozen bag), but soggy, not crisp.biggest problem was the bun, which was cold, not toasted (no marks whatsovever), and I would say..just old. Fell apart really easy, made eating the thing unpleasant. Didnt care to spend 39 extra for the cheese, perhaps that would have glued the construction together, but this should of course not be necessary. All in all not bad, but not really worth the money (and disappointment after the high praises..), so unless the chef changes shift or the manager tries to standarize the products coming out of the kitchen, we will still be out there..on the hunt..for the perfect CZ buergr :)

I’ve found mint plants at the Lai Tai Flower Market loetacd at Ladies Street (Nu Ren Jie). You can also find basil, lavender, and a couple other herb plants. It’s wonderful for making fresh spring rolls or other South Asian foods!

BoHe

In German these lost pieces would be called: Rest(e). And instantely “rest in peace” pops up into my mind. But that this rest is in peace, is doubtfull. All about a sad issue, more sad, because Greece is so beautifull. Could be a Paradise and it appears here as the dump for refuggees.

Stefano

This is really hard stuff reality.
Strange to end up in Greece.

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