Tuesday, May 24

Q&A with creators Charlotte Cook and AJ Schnack!

Stranger than fiction is proud to present the next film in Field of Vision, “The Journey,” a six-part series directed by Matthew Cassel.   The multi-part documentary follows the treacherous, seventeen-hundred-mile migration of a Syrian refugee who fled the perils of wartime Damascus to build a better life for his family.

More than a million people whose lives have been upended by desperation and violence in Syria have made similar journeys, but most of these treks take place in obscurity. Aboud Shalhoub was joined by the filmmaker Matthew Cassel, who documented—and participated in—the perilous migration in 2015. Cassel’s colleague Simon Safieh stayed in Damascus with Aboud’s wife, Christine, and his two children. The series captures Aboud’s long trip to the Netherlands, the family’s attempts to reunite, and the tide of nationalist sentiment sweeping across northern Europe.

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven visual journalism film unit co-created by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook that pairs filmmakers with developing and ongoing stories around the globe.

Field of Vision commissions and creates short and episodic films that uses visual journalism to expand how we understand the world, and works with leading filmmakers to take on developing and ongoing stories as they unfold.

  • Running Time Approx. 70 minutes