Events - 12.06.2023

MdM-Greece at Refugee Week

MdM-Greece is participating in the Refugee Week festival which will take place for the second time this year in Greece from 19-25 June on the occasion of World Refugee Day.

This year’s theme is Compassion and MdM-Greece is participating in the Festival with the photo exhibition “Покидаю / Leaving behind“, presenting photographic material and narratives from their work in Ukraine where they have been in the field for more than a year. It is essentially an exhibition of 32 photographs with the main theme of the MdM-Greece action in Ukraine and on the Ukraine/Romania border.


The exhibition is online and open to the public. Anyone who wishes can browse online at the link Through the eyes of the distinguished photographer Yiannis Yiannakopoulos, the photographs have a strong narrative character and capture everything that MdM-Greece saw, experienced intensely and witnessed in Ukraine. The photographic lens focused many times on children, women and the third age, this sensitive aspect of groups that are the number one target (intentional or not) of the modern tragedies experienced by humanity.

At the same time, in the framework of the free screenings HUMANS IN ACTION (LOOP) of Refugee Week Greece – Compass Films, The Journey and Children Shipwrecked on the Land will be screened:


The Journey

Directed by: Yannis Vakrinos

Synopsis: A short documentary about refugees and the action of Médecins du Monde in Lesvos, Chios and Idomeni “dedicated to all those who did not complete their journey”.

Duration: 11:44

Year: 2015

Language: Greek and English

Location: Greece

Yannis Vakrinos is a filmmaker specializing in documentaries. In recent years he has been directing TV documentary series for COSMOTE TV (Ancient Greek Philosophers, Heirs of Memory etc.). He has created digital campaigns and micro-documentaries showcasing the work of NGOs and companies from the energy and technology sector (Motor Oil, Microsoft Hellas, Doctors of the World, Vodafone Foundation). His first project as a director and producer was in 2012 when he created the interactive documentary Portraits of Greece in Crisis which was hosted at the 4th Athens Biennale and Thessaloniki Festival. In 2015, he worked on the refugee crisis, directing the short documentary “The Journey” for Médecins du Monde Greece. He is a member of the Society of Greek Directors.

Children shipwrecked on the shore

Directed by: Pavlos Avagianos (digaPictures/ Avagianos)

Synopsis: Refugee children…Children alone…Unaccompanied minors, social advocacy/ Unaccompanied minors advocacy spot. Childhood lost in transit. Trauma due to loss of family. Victims of violence and trafficking, risk of serious illness, there are children who are shipwrecked on land.

Duration: 1:09

Year: 2016

Language: Greek and English

Location: Greece

Pavlos Avagiannos has been working for more than 25 years in the field of audiovisual production as an independent creator or through his company digaPictures. He has participated nationwide (as director of photography, producer, director, editor) in national productions mainly in the field of advertising, documentary and television. He has worked with international media, museums and non-profit organizations, universities, companies and governmental institutions.

Days of screenings

  • Monday 19.06 (19:00 – 22:00)
  • Tuesday 20.06 (12:00 – 14:00)
  • Wednesday 21.06 (12:00 – 17:00)

Médecins du Monde Greece through their participation in Refugee Week seeks to share with public opinion common truths and common initiatives and to emphasize the importance and values of equality and multiculturalism. The aim of Médecins du Monde is to further raise public awareness of the harsh reality experienced by millions of people around the world and to take initiatives for an optimistic and hopeful tomorrow.

Come and join us in celebrating and honouring the concept of Compassion in action.