In case you couldn’t make it to the screening in Agia Paraskevi yesterday and happen to be on Corfu on Monday 18 May, come and watch THE ISLAND BUS at POLYTECHNO arts space, Scholemvourgo 39 at 9:15 pm. 

Entry is free. 

The Island Bus της Sibylle Meder (Σκωτία/Γερμανία 2013)


ΠΟΛΥΤΕΧΝΟ, Σχολεμβούργου 39, Κέρκυρα

ώρα: 21.15
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THE ISLAND BUS travelled to Athens again.    

First sightings of the bus in the streets of Agia Paraskevi

  

It was again a rewarding experience to share the story of Saeed and Tilos with an audience and discuss the inspiration the film can give to people living in Greece today.
I am happy that THE ISLAND BUS manages to inspire thoughts and discussions about what I would call our “human condition” and how we relate to the events around us. 

The audience gathers for the screening


The Q&A ranged from questions of how an island with a population of 400 relates to an influx of desperate newcomers who have just escaped death and war to questions of how racism develops – and how it can be answered by natural curiosity and a genuine interest in and compassion for the life of the others. 

 

Mirella Legakis (Cultural Dept. of SYRIZA Agia Paraskevi) and Sibylle Meder (director of THE ISLAND BUS)


And of course, there were members of the audience who have visited Tilos and came to reminisce about an island where they found something special that inspired them. 
Here is hoping that with THE ISLAND BUS this inspiration can travel further and move more people to reflect about what place hospitality and compassion have in our world of today and how we relate to the people around us wherever they come from. 

The Cultural Committee of Syriza in Agia Paraskevi have invited our documentary to be part of their summer program.

THE ISLAND BUS

will screen at the auditorium of the 3rd High School of Agia Paraskevi, cnr. Dervenakion and S. Karagiorga

on Friday, 15 May 2015, at 7:30pm.

A Q&A with filmmaker Sibylle Meder will follow the screening.

Entry is free!

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Η επιτροπή Πολιτισμού του Σύριζα Αγ.Παρασκευής σας προσκαλεί στην  κινηματογραφική προβολή της ταινίας-ντοκυμαντέρ της Γερμανίδας σκηνοθέτιδας Sibylle Meder με τίτλο

«The Island Bus» 

την  Παρασκευή 15 Μάη και ώρα 7:30μμ στην αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων του 3ου Γυμνασίου Αγ.Παρασκευής, Δερβενακίων και Σ.Καράγιωργα.

Η σκηνοθέτης θα είναι παρούσα στην προβολή και θα ακολουθήσει συζήτηση με το κοινό.

Happy New Year!

To start 2015 off in the right way, we are happy to announce the first screening of the year and the first ever screening of THE ISLAND BUS on Crete at the Social Space (KOINONIKOS CHOROS) in Irakleion, Crete, on Friday 16 January 2015, 20:00.

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In cooperation with the Cinema Group of the University of Crete, the New Heraklion Cine Club is presenting two documentaries with a common topic but two different views on the life of refugees and locals in Greece.

At 20:00 THE ISLAND BUS (Greek with English subtitles) by Sibylle Meder
At 21:00 EVAPORATING BORDERS by Iva Radivojevic
Followed by a discussion with the two filmmakers.

Entrance is free – the audience is invited to bring food to support the needs of the Social Kitchen that is operating at the venue.

Ιδρύματα Α. & Μ. Καλοκαιρινού
Κοινωνικός Χώρος
Μονής Αγκαράθου 9
71202 Ηράκλειο, Κρήτη

Υπεύθυνη επικοινωνίας: Ηλέκτρα Τρουλλινού
Τηλέφωνο: 2810 244115
E-mail: koinwnikos.xwros@gmail.com

Sponsored by: SkyExpress
(https://www.facebook.com/SkyExpressAirlines)

For further information, please visit the website of the Heraklion Cine Club: http://nekli.gr/index.php/anaouncements/332-announce

THE ISLAND BUS avant-premiere, (c) Vangelis Patsialos/Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS avant-premiere, (c) Vangelis Patsialos/Goethe-Institut Athen

The big day is here!!! The wait has an end:

After it screened in front of packed audiences in Athens and Mytilini, our documentary is finally returning home for its Tilos premiere, screening in the very spot where it was filmed!

On Sunday, 5th October 2014, 6:30 pm
THE ISLAND BUS
(58 min, GREEK with English subtitles)
will screen at Livadia Square, Tilos
followed by song & dance
and with attendance of the director (who will dance, too, for sure!)

Hope to see you all there!

Saeed has given his ok - we are good to go.

Saeed has given his ok – we are good to go.

Posted by: sibyllemeder | September 22, 2014

THE ISLAND BUS screening at Aegean Docs Festival 2014, 22 Sept, 9 pm

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On Monday, 22th September 2014, 9 pm
THE ISLAND BUS
(GREEK with English subtitles)
will screen in competition at the Aegean Docs 2014 festival
followed by a Q&A with the director

venues:
Municipal Theatre, Mytilini
Idryma Tsakos, Chios
Municipal Cinema, Psara
Municipal Cinema, Fournoi
Auditorium of University Rhodes

Entry is free.

Still feeling a bit light-headed here from all the excitement of the last days: it’s been a wonderful avant-premiere for THE ISLAND BUS at Goethe-Institut Athen on Monday night. For all of you who couldn’t be with us, here are some impressions of the event.

The audience awaits - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

The audience awaits – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS screening at Goethe-Institut Athen in cooperation with Aegean Docs - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS screening at Goethe-Institut Athen in cooperation with Aegean Docs – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Sibylle, Lindsay and Kostas Spiropoulos (Aegean Docs) present THE ISLAND BUS - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Sibylle, Lindsay and Kostas Spiropoulos (Aegean Docs) introduce THE ISLAND BUS – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Screening in front of a packed audience – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

After the screening - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

After the screening – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

The audience discusses the film - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

The audience discusses the film – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Lively discussion at the Q&A - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Lively discussion at the Q&A – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Some praise for THE ISLAND BUS from a Tilos connoisseur - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Some praise for THE ISLAND BUS from a Tilos connoisseur – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Q&A after the screening - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Q&A after the screening – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS Q&A - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS goes Lipsous – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Since it cannot be said often enough, here is also a BIG, HEARTFELT THANK-YOU to you sweet people on THE ISLAND BUS team who have helped us so much behind the scenes with getting the film to this event! No matter how many times this sentence has been used before: without your help and contributions, making this film would not have been possible. There simply wouldn’t be a film.

Interview with director Sibylle Meder and producer Lindsay Goodall - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Interview with ISLAND BUS director Sibylle Meder and ISLAND BUS producer Lindsay Goodall – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

So while we got to bask in the audience’s applause and appreciation – and occasional irritation – of our film, we pass the praise right on to you. Lots of gratitude to Anja Dehghan, Mike Dehghan, George Cameron Geddes, Dimitris Giannourakis, Fiona Cairns, John Sackey, Ali Murray, DJ Badre, Thomas Mangano, John Bartlam, Dennis Kelly, Aristotelis Chatzifountas, Panteleimon Logothetis, Xenia-Irini Logotheti, Antonis Makris, Konstantinos Makris and Viola Welker!!!

BIG THANK-YOU also to those who let us share their stories in THE ISLAND BUS: Saeed Nouri, Menelaos Karageorgiou, Svetlana Levchenko, Marta Pjetri and of course our ISLAND BUS driver Pavlos Charalambakis!!

We did raise a glass to you and your contributions!! Μπράβο!!

Sofia Michailidou from Goethe-Institut Athen - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Sofia Michailidou from Goethe-Institut Athen – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Kostas Spiropoulos reveals his Dodecanese heritage – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Kostas Spiropoulos reveals his Dodecanese heritage – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

And THANK YOU so much Kostas Spiropoulos and Chara Lampidou for all the support throughout the years, Sofia Michailidou for the amazing Greek-German hospitality at Goethe-Institut, Vicky Trachani for the smooth coordination of the PR, Nikos Dimitrakakos for light and sound, Vangelis Patsialos for the images you can see on this page and everyone at Goethe-Institut Athen, Storydoc and Aegean Docs for a wonderful and memorable event! You rock!

Taking a selfie for the team: THANK YOU, guys! - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Taking a selfie for the team: THANK YOU SO MUCH, guys! – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Those of you who will not be able to make it to the world premiere at the Festival Interntaional du Insulaire du Isle de Groix on Friday 22nd August 15:30h can catch the next screening of our documentary in Athens!

On Monday, 15th September 2014, 20:30
THE ISLAND BUS
will celebrate its Greek avant-premiere at Goethe Institut Athen
Entry is free.

It has been 4 years since Lindsay Goodall and I embarked on the journey of producing this film together and many amazing people have since joined us. In December 2010, we first pitched the idea for the film at the very spot where it will now screen: at the Storydoc workshop at Goethe Athens. Very happy to bring the finished film back to this screen now!

Come and celebrate this homecoming with us!

The Island Bus on the roll

Next screening dates for THE ISLAND BUS announced!

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The 14th Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix focusses this year on the Greek islands and we are very proud to be part of a screening session on the topic of “Immigration on Islands”.

THE ISLAND BUS travels abroad and will screen at the International Festival of Island Film on the Isle du Groix in Port Lay followed by a round table discussion organized and in partnership with Amnesty International and “Non-lieux de l’exil”.

Mark the date in your diary and meet us on the Isle du Groix!

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THE ISLAND BUS
Port Lay 1
Friday 22 August at 15h30
GREEK WITH FRENCH SUBTITLES
GREC SOUS-TITRÉ FRANÇAIS

Yesterday, our team received very happy news in the mail:

Out of 347 film submissions, THE ISLAND BUS was selected to screen in competition at this year’s Aegean Docs festival. In its previous edition, Aegean Docs screened films like the Oscar contender 5 BROKEN CAMERAS, SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN and I AM BREATHING – which means we feel really honoured to be part of the line-up for 2014.

The festival will take place from 20-28 September 2014 on the Greek island of Mytilini/Lesvos.

http://www.aegeandocs.gr

Updates on screening venue, dates and times will be posted as soon as they are available.

Καλό ταξίδι to our film and a massive gigantic THANK YOU to the whole team of THE ISLAND BUS for coming on this journey with me. You were great – and now people get to see it!

Happy bus passenger Sibylle

(DEUTSCHE VERSION – AUCH AUSGEWÄHLT)

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