A film project taking a deep dive into the psychology of the European refugee crisis.

Currently I am seeking the support of NGOs.

A short film taking a deep dive into the psychology of the European refugee crisis.

(Courage!)

The ease with which two distinct topics have come to merge in the public mind has been a dependable source of angst for me over the last several months. Two of the most formative topics in contemporary Europe, no less. One of them is the series of horrendous terror attacks that have been petrifying us for last couple of years, the other being the refugee crisis spilling out of the conflict in Syria and Iraq. One of them is widely considered to be the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.

Utterly predictably, the situation has been a goldmine for political extremists. A mine wherein the rest of us happen to be the canaries. In a reality like that, every single percent of fearmongering Europeans fail to resist is estimated to bring more than one terrorist attack’s worth of misery upon them.

Thus, it is with the saddest kind of opportunism that I launch the film project (Courage!). A narrative short, it looks to take a deep dive into the psychology of the refugee crisis with the synopsis:

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How Europe brings 140% a terrorist attack’s worth of misery upon itself with every 1% of fearmongering it fails to resist.

Times such as the aftermath of the last month’s terrorist attack in Brussels lay bare the grinding duality of arguably the most devastating humanitarian crisis of our age. In it, we find our emotions caught in a perplexing blend of agitation and empathy as a series of horrendous terrorist attacks keep occurring against a backdrop of desperate women, children, and men running for their lives seeking refuge in Europe.

Abominable though they might be, terrorist attacks fortunately remain relatively rare occurrences. All the while though, the deluge of heart-wrenching accounts of refugees has been pushing our sensory thresholds to ever-higher levels. By now, we might have already reached a point where it feels as though especially gruesome stories were required to make us recognize their full humanity. Nonetheless there is a strong concurrence between terrorist attacks and the dwindling awareness for the refugee crisis in that both point in the same direction: We are losing empathy for millions still alive for the sake of a couple dozens already dead.

Read All

 

 

A film project taking a deep dive into the psychology of the European refugee crisis.

Currently I am seeking the support of NGOs.

A short film taking a deep dive into the psychology of the European refugee crisis.

(Courage!)

The ease with which two distinct topics have come to merge in the public mind has been a dependable source of angst for me over the last several months. Two of the most formative topics in contemporary Europe, no less. One of them is the series of horrendous terror attacks that have been petrifying us for last couple of years, the other being the refugee crisis spilling out of the conflict in Syria and Iraq. One of them is widely considered to be the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.

Utterly predictably, the situation has been a goldmine for political extremists. A mine wherein the rest of us happen to be the canaries. In a reality like that, every single percent of fearmongering Europeans fail to resist is estimated to bring more than one terrorist attack’s worth of misery upon them.

Thus, it is with the saddest kind of opportunism that I launch the film project (Courage!). A narrative short, it looks to take a deep dive into the psychology of the refugee crisis with the synopsis:

Read All

 

How Europe brings 140% a terrorist attack’s worth of misery upon itself with every 1% of fearmongering it fails to resist.

Times such as the aftermath of the last month’s terrorist attack in Brussels lay bare the grinding duality of arguably the most devastating humanitarian crisis of our age. In it, we find our emotions caught in a perplexing blend of agitation and empathy as a series of horrendous terrorist attacks keep occurring against a backdrop of desperate women, children, and men running for their lives seeking refuge in Europe.

Abominable though they might be, terrorist attacks fortunately remain relatively rare occurrences. All the while though, the deluge of heart-wrenching accounts of refugees has been pushing our sensory thresholds to ever-higher levels. By now, we might have already reached a point where it feels as though especially gruesome stories were required to make us recognize their full humanity. Nonetheless there is a strong concurrence between terrorist attacks and the dwindling awareness for the refugee crisis in that both point in the same direction: We are losing empathy for millions still alive for the sake of a couple dozens already dead.

Read All