This film is about the second-generation immigrants in Greece. Though born in Greece or having immigrated with their family at an early age, attended the Greek school and have been raised like every other Greek child, this social group is severely discriminated by the law. They are actually “ghost” Greek citizens not legally registered, and without the right to vote. After reaching the age of eighteen years old, the state asks obliges them to apply for a residence permit. By not submitting the required papers they are automatically considered illegal and logically are expected to move in their country of origin, a country that in most of the cases, they have never visited.
The given situation is almost unknown to the largest part of the Greek society while the “second generation immigrants” are daily struggling for their right to belong somewhere and live normally lead a normal life in the country.
But who are really those people? Are they like us? Do they walk next to us and we don’t even notice? Can Do they feel integrated? How are they organized, and how do they fight for their social and political rights? How do Greeks feel towards them? What kind of relations do they hold up with their countries of origin? Do they want to stay in Greece? What are their basic problems, demands and dreams?
The film tries to give answers to those questions in a creative way through the second-generation immigrants’ eyes. The objective is not to describe the phenomenon from its social and general point of view, but on the contrary it tries to give space liberty and a say to those peculiar young Greek citizens to express their own approach. Cameras are given to them to film there reality, their dreams and thoughts .In that way the insider’s view on the matter is expressed without risking to give misleading interpretations. We have a perspective from below of the reality, which works as a trigger to get people to look at themselves and articulate their feelings.
The group of the participating youngsters is working closely with the filmmakers. After the first footage is shot, it is viewed and discussed by the whole group (both youngsters & cinematographers) and new orientations appear. It is a real process of investigation and transformation between the cinematographers and the participants, where genuine feelings and situations mend/occur, aiming at being to be captured on tape.
Visually, we observe two different worlds. The world of the personal point of view on the subject of the youngsters, which is described through his or her own footage of different every day life situations, and on the other hand we have the same subjects interviewed by the cinematographers group.
The interviews of the participants and their own footage are edited in a rapid rhythm in a cinematographic way of filming. Putting together so many different types of footage will result in a colourful mosaic, representing the true blend of culture existing in the Greek society but not yet recognized.
Music, an important part of the project, will act as an element of emotional charging. Therefore there will be original music composed and adapted to the needs of the filmed footage, as well as a musical theme which will will add to the identity of the film, composed by second generation immigrants in order to empower the multicultural character of the project.
There are five basic characters: Manolis, 27 years old coming from Nigeria, he is currently working as a musician in Athens, Theodora and Ioanna two sisters of Albanian origin in their early thirties, who have just graduated from university and are looking for a job, Daphne a 20 years old from the Philippines, studying economics and Mohamed from Egypt who is working as an administrative employee. We get to know them closely, follow them to work, home and pleasure, and through their own point of view observing/we observe a different reality.