short movie: THE OLIVE TREE

by Marily Stroux

Impressed by the olive trees in the groves surrounding Moria hotspot, where she had to live in a tent, 16-year-old refugee girl Parwana Amiri wrote a story and published her first book, THE OLIVE TREE AND THE OLD WOMAN, together with Marily Stroux and the solidarity network, w2eu (“Welcome to Europe”) in Lesvos.
This book is the basis of the film THE OLIVE TREE.

OLIVE english from videofraxia on Vimeo.

Life in the hotspot of Moria as it’s seen through the eyes of the young girl, the various ways refugees use the olive trees, Parwana’s power to become an observer of her own living conditions and share them loudly with the world, are woven into this film together with the everyday stories and the cultural traditions of the local people who live closely with the olive trees, as well as the relentless efforts of all of us in solidarity who want to see the sea between Turkey and Greece become a bridge and not a deadly border.
Films can sometimes become reality.
Running time: 18 mins
A film made with Drawings, Photos and “home” Videos.
It was created within the online film workshop of the director Vassilis Loules “Making films out of oral stories”.
Screenplay, Drawings, Direction and Production: by Marily Stroux.

short movie: ΤΟ ΕΛΑΙΟΔΕΝΤΡΟ

by Marily Stroux

Υποχρεωμένη να ζήσει σε μια σκηνή μέσα στους ελαιώνες που περιβάλλουν το hotspot της Μόριας, η 16χρονη πρόσφυγας Παρβανά Amiri εντυπωσιάστηκε από τα ελαιόδεντρα, έγραψε μια ιστορία και δημοσίευσε το πρώτο της βιβλίο, ΤΟ ΕΛΑΙΟΔΕΝΤΡΟ ΚΑΙ Η ΓΡΙΟΥΛΑ, με τη συνεργασία της Μαρίλης Στρουξ και την υποστήριξη του δικτύου αλληλεγγύης w2eu (“Καλώς ήλθατε στην Ευρώπη”) στη Λέσβο.
Αυτό το βιβλίο είναι η βάση της ταινίας ΤΟ ΕΛΑΙΟΔΕΝΤΡΟ.

Η ζωή στο hotspot της Μόριας μέσα από τα μάτια της νεαρής κοπέλας, οι διάφοροι τρόποι με τους οποίους οι πρόσφυγες χρησιμοποιούν τα ελαιόδεντρα, η δύναμη της Παρβανά να γίνει παρατηρητής των δικών της συνθηκών διαβίωσης και να τις μοιραστεί δυνατά με τον κόσμο, υφαίνονται σ’ αυτή την ταινία μαζί με τις καθημερινές ιστορίες και τις πολιτιστικές παραδόσεις των ντόπιων που ζουν στενά με τις ελιές, καθώς και με τις αδιάκοπες προσπάθειες όλων όσοι είμαστε σε ομάδες αλληλεγγύης και θέλουμε να δούμε τη θάλασσα μεταξύ Τουρκίας και Ελλάδας να γίνει γέφυρα που ενώνει και όχι σύνορο θανάτου.
Οι ταινίες μπορούν μερικές φορές να γίνουν πραγματικότητα.
Διάρκεια: 18 λεπτά
Μια ταινία φτιαγμένη με σχέδια, φωτογραφίες και “οικιακά” βίντεο.
Δημιουργήθηκε στο διαδικτυακό εργαστήριο του σκηνοθέτη Βασίλη Λουλέ “Κινηματογραφώντας προφορικές ιστορίες”.
Σενάριο, Ζωγραφική, Σκηνοθεσία και Παραγωγή: Μαρίλη Στρουξ.

Book: Letters from Moria

!Download: Book “My pen won’t break, but borders will”!!!

In September 2019 the Watch The Med Alarm Phone received a GPS-location close to the northern coast of Lesvos. It was sent from a boat. We informed the Greek coastguard and the rescue teams on the shore. Some hours later we got in touch with the people again and they confirmed they were safe and had been brought to a camp.

copyright Parwana Amiri

It was only a few days later, when some of us went to Lesvos to remember and celebrate 10 years of struggles on this island with the network of Welcome to Europe, we contacted the people who had been on that boat and they agreed to meet us. They told us about the hard trip that was behind them, they told us that they had to try four times before finally reaching Greece. Twice they had been intercepted by the Turkish coastguard and another time blocked by the Greek coastguard near Alexandroupolis.
Continue reading Book: Letters from Moria

Pixi: “The Olive Tree and The Old Woman”

This story is written by Parwana Amiri, a young Afghan woman who has lived with her family in the Olive Grove from the Moria hotspot since September 2019.

When Parwana noticed how unbearable the living conditions were, she supported the people with her language skills and started to publicize the stories they had experienced.
Her “LETTERS TO THE WORLD FROM MORIA” have been published in a blog since September: Infomobile and and on this Blog.

Pixi: The old women and the olive tree

This little book is based on the real story of one of the many people forced into the Olive Grove
Use olive trees to heat or bake. It is an imaginary conversation between an old woman and an olive tree.

It was drawn by Marily Stroux and printed by w2eu / alarmfone.

You can buy this little book for a donation of € 4.00. Write an email: or get it Hamburg at Kölibri.
Where: at Kölibri, Hein-Köllisch-Platz 11 + 12 · 20359 Hamburg or via
When: always on OpenFriday from 14-17: 30h

All proceeds go directly to Parwana for the projects in which she participates. The self-organized school WAVES OF HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, founded by ZEKRIA Farzad with 1,200 students of all ages in the Olive Grove, is one of them.

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