Philosophers such as Noam Chomsky or Alain Badiou have said that a quarter of humanity “does not really exist". They refer to people whom the current global capitalist system cannot find use for and who, therefore, live and die without leaving any trace of their existence. It is as if they are ‘invisible’, condemned to disappear.
When the media outlets talk about how many people have drowned in the sea, we should consider how many have drowned without us knowing? And how many people, who experience true odyssey and survive in precarious conditions, still live without the awareness of the rest of world? Who actually knows who and where they are?
The origin of this project started with the recording of a documentary that portrays some of those many and varied realities, all of which are extremely hard, but approached from a vital perspective far removed from sensationalism. It is a work made with sensitivity that has given rise to this tour project presented on this website, destined to make this humanitarian crisis more visible and to generate awareness.
Essentially, the more our governments turn their heads, the more people join and support projects such as this one. The situation requires urgency.
The we exist film
WE EXIST is a 45-minute music documentary featuring solo musicians and groups from the Middle East and Africa, combined with associative images of people trying to escape danger, hunger and war around the Mediterranean region. Far removed from sensationalism, these poetic images bear witness to the true human dimension of this ongoing tragedy.
A number of the musicians who perform their music in this film are from the refugee camps, some are regionally and internationally famous. The narrative structure and its story are different from conventional documentary filmmaking, reaching out to take us by the hand and move on with a sometimes devastating honesty. Led by its music and free of gratuitous comment, WE EXIST brings us to places and people that touch us on the deepest level.
The chats of the we exist tour project are ment to be a participatory and
informal space, where people who have lived closely the reality of immigration and the refugees share their experiences, from a humanist and respectful vision, far away from any sensationalism. Immigrants and refugee people, social and cultural activists, humanitarian aid volunteers...
That is why the people attending the chats usually respond in a particularly enthusiastic way. They are full of interest to know more about the subject, grateful to be able to approach a generally hidden reality, misrepresented by the media and the political class.
The people who take part of the event depend on the city where the event is done, because we always try to work with local people and entities of the area,
especially when they are immigrants. On the other hand, there are more or less frequent participants, such as Lucian Segura, director of the documentary "We Exist";, the film that is shown before the chat, and who tries to attend – whenever possible. He contributes with his testimony about the people he met and all he saw while shooting the film in refugee camps, borders, ghettos and conflictive zones in countries such as Lebanon, Greece, Jordan, Turkey, Mali, Spain, Morocco, France, Senegal or Ethiopia. His journey was, somehow, the journey he shows in his documentary: Knowing the reality first hand, through the people who lived it, without intermediaries.
The sum of all these witness offers the general vision of the context and concrete causes, but always in a human, direct and honest way. There is the strength, showing reality from the real experience of real people.
WE EXIST is a non-profit itinerant tour project which consists in presenting the music documentary film “We Exist” followed by a participative dialogue about refugee migrations, throughout various countries in institutions such as community and civic centers, schools, universities, theaters and cinemas etc., with the purpose of raising public awareness and sensitivity towards the so‐called “refugee migrations”; one of the biggest humanitarian crisis on record that the world has experienced.
WE EXIST is a series of activist events composed mainly of screenings and talks, with the flexibility to incorporate additional related cultural activities. It is coordinated and co‐hosted by activists and representatives of humanitarian organizations, who are actively helping and supporting the refugee cause, and other individuals and organizations who are involved in the humanitarian effort.
Filmmaker Lucian Segura, the author of this film, will introduce this fifty minute long documentary at these WE EXIST events. After that, he will attend the post‐screening alongside local activists and refugees, who will share and discuss with the audience their experiences and thoughts, and answer any questions put forth. These talks can easily be followed by other cultural activities such as live music concerts and poetry recitals.
We exist tour project emerged from the urgent need to portray the drama of migration caused by poverty, war, injustice and the climate catastrophe from the perspective of its real protagonists: the refugees. We believe that the usual approach to this problem isoften Eurocentric and simplistic. From this perspective, the real concern of the societies in which immigration takes place seems to be how the arrival of these people materially affects our lives. On the one hand you can see how the so-called "western states" concentrate the problem on the influx of people arriving. This is accompanied by a distorted narrative about the impossibility of receiving these people and a narrative of general phenomenon of insecurity, which is completely wrong and supported by the relevant media with biased information and fake news. In this way, they convince public opinion of the legitimacy to close borders and make admission-, support- and rescue-operations more difficult, while creating fear and hatred in our societies. In this way, they also justify their covert actions on the various existing migration routes, influence the border controls of the different countries that migrants cross, and thereby promote the spread of mafias for human trafficking, with whom they are often in direct contact. In this way, they also transfer responsibility to the coastal regions of the southern Mediterranean, which public opinion then considers to be the main cause of the situation. On the other hand, we believe that besides the purely humanitarian approach that defends the "poor" 's right to emigrate and the necessary reception policies in "rich" countries, we have other fundamental aspects that we should focus on: these are the real causes that cause people to migrate. It is important to understand that refugees do not "come" to our countries, but "flee" from their own countries. They are fleeing the misery and wars that rich countries in a criminal way are causing, to keep control over the natural resources that feed our consumer- and affluent-society. In addition, the most conservative sectors of our society respond to purely humanitarian approaches by exploiting the fear that has arisen and promoting hate speech and racism. In this way, they portray people as a threat, who are in fact the main victims of a privileged lifestyle, namely ours, which is based on aggressive and immoral geopolitics, regardless of justice or human dignity. We exist tour project is therefore trying to get people to think and act, trying to use the empathy or antipathy that everyone could feel towards migratory movements, to focus the debate on the global South. But further south of the borders imposed by Europe and the USA: to Africa, Asia and Latin America. We want to talk about the reality of the places of origin from which the refugees are fleeing. But above all, about the reasons that compel them to leave their homes and families, and what main role we and our states play in all of this. Because the poverty and violence from which the global south suffers has no "accidental", "biological" or "cultural" origin: the causes are political, economic, social and climatic and have their origins in the relationship that the global north has imposed on the global south for more than 500 years. Because the opposite of poverty is not wealth, but justice.
"For the millions of people who fled and keep on fleeing from hunger and misery, violence and war, persecution and social injustice"
Who we are
Director & speaker
Lucian was born 15-01-1958 in Hamburg/Germany, from spanish and swedish parents. After finishing his university studies in Romanistics and Music-Ethnologies, he was diplomated at the Filmschool of Berlin (DFFB). He is dedicated to fiction and documentary movies with a strong compromise to environmental and social issues. Right now he lives in Barcelona.
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Producer & contents
Born and living in Barcelona, I'm devoted to arts and activism, focusing on cinema and exploring different ways of audiovisual expression as a tool for social transformation and empowerment. Always looking for honest and enthusiastic projects, and to meet, share experience, learn and work together with people commited to humanistic causes, I believe that WE EXIST is an urgent project that can really contribute to create conscience about what can be considered the worst humanitarian crisis the Humanity faces nowadays. My credited skills include to be the head of a production company from 2003, with more than a hundred of projects including 8 feature films; to work as apart of the lead crew in tens of audiovisual projects; to found a cooperative cinema theatre in 2016, the first of its kind in Catalonia; and to cooperate and work for different cultural and social activist entities.
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Jean Landry Ondo Oye
Jean Landry Ondo Oye
Jean was born in Libreville (Gabon), lived in Equatorial Guinea until the age of 8, and then moved to Spain with his family where his love for cinema first developed. At the age of 25 he moved to the UK, and in 2011 he completed a degree in Media Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE). Since then he has directed the award winning documentary ’Man Was Here’. The reason for me to be involved in this project is because I believe that We exist is a great film made with love, and it also gives me the oportunity to work with a great director and a good team of people that believe in the project as a tool to educate.
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Silvia García Palacios
Web & contents
Silvia García Palacios
Silvia was born and raised in a city nearby Barcelona, she combines her more than 15 years of experience in the audiovisual world with social activism. Since 2005, she has been part of the independent production company AVED Producciones, with which she has carried out multiple projects in different fields and genres. Likewise, in order to make a difference, her versatile nature and committed values have led her to be part of several social, ecological and feminine associations and cooperatives. Joining this project is nothing more than a logical and necessary step in the face of an unheard-of and intolerable situation.
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Stefania is a mother, woman and economist who lives in Barcelona and who now feels this city as her own. Always sensitive to environmental and social justice issues, he tries to live his daily life consistently with his principles and to pass on to his children respect for others. As an emigrant by choice and not by necessity, I feel the weight of the humanitarian tragedy that affects so many people forced to leave their land and that is why I felt it necessary to make a small contribution to the spread of WE EXIST that approaches with sensitivity and poetry to the problem of immigration by giving voice and sounds to the emotions of its protagonists.
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Speaker & contents
Andreu has been a sailor for 29 years, and the last 17 years has worked at the Spanish Maritime Salvage.
In 2015, in response to the inaction of government rescue services throughout Europe, he joined the efforts of the NGOs during the migration crisis at the Mediterranean. Since then, he has worked with Médicos Sin Fronteras in Greece and with Proactive Open Arms at the Central Mediterranean. He has been a captain and has directed rescue operations on board the Astral (2016) and the Open Arms (2017).
He is currently working at the Maritime Salvage based in Barcelona and he is still committed to humanitarian work.
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Marta is a translator-subtitler and cultural promoter. She holds two postgraduate diplomas, one in Cultural Cooperation and Management and another in African Societies and Cultures. She works as an international film festival programmer, coordinator and subtitler. As a volunteer for FiSahara in the Sahrawi refugee camps of Algeria, she became familiar with the daily life of the refugees and their search for dignity, something that the West repeatedly denies them. Together with other volunteers, she created d·clic, an audiovisual and cultural promotion collective that, among other projects, collaborated with the School of Women in the Dajla refugee camp. Faced with the rampant rise of aporophobia and racism in Europe, and the tragedies of the crossings in the Mediterranean and of other frontiers, she believes in the need for collective projects such as WE EXIST, which raises awareness and gives visibility to refugees and migrants.