The film follows two fishermen from the Greek village Skala Sikamineas, on the island of Lesvos, who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in saving people crossing the waters from Turkey to Greece. Filmed during the period of relative calm, in May 2016, and structured around everyday practices of these two fishermen, the film explores their experiences of frequently rescuing those attempting to cross the same waters they navigate daily for their work. These memories are intertwined with an observational approach to contemporary fishing practices, exploring how previous experiences of rupture in daily life continue to inflect and give meaning to these fisherman’s relationship to the sea.
Ann-Kathrine Kværnø is a Danish filmmaker and anthropologist, who studied at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology in 2014. Ann-Kathrine is now completing an MSc in Global Refugee Studies at Aalborg University, Copenhagen, with a central research interest in forced migration and diaspora studies. Currently working for the Red Cross, she works with unaccompanied refugee children.
Jack Ryan Jones was trained in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK, before studying ethnographic film at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology in 2014. Jack is currently completing an MA in Applied Cultural Analysis in Copenhagen, where he has a central research interest in monetary systems, alternative currencies, and the intersections between economic and social practices.