Behind the scenes with IRC and cast from the Game of Thrones

Tara Todras-Whitehill photographs Liam Cunningham, Maisie Williams and Lena Headey as they read messages of hope and remembrance at the Solidarity Tree at Mytilene Castle. (Frame from video by Matt Ford)

Recently, Tara Todras-Whitehill and I had the pleasure of joining the IRC and cast members of HBO’s Game of Thrones on a visit to several refugee camps in Greece.

It was a whirlwind three days. We packed a kit small enough to fit on the cramped domestic flights that charter passengers to the islands. We visited Lesvos island, where hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed the sea from Turkey. We also visited the IRC’s main Greece office in Athens as well as refugee camps in northern Greece, now filled with refugees waiting for months on end after borders across Europe closed.

The actors, none of whom had been to a refugee camp before, were all open-minded and generous with everyone they met.  Liam shared his passion for photography and a light spirit by joking with many of the children.  Maisie connected with a talented young Syrian playwright and aspiring actress who performed three plays for the crew, along with other refugee children. Lena and a Syrian refugee mother named Marwa brought each other to tears discussing their families and the long road to a new life after war.

Here are some behind the scenes shots showing what went into the trip, followed by the resulting video.




You can watch the video we produced for the IRC here:



By Matt Ford

Matt is an avid experimenter of new forms of visual storytelling. He worked as a multimedia journalist for The Associated Press covering the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the Arab uprisings, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Before journalism, Matt worked in the Los Angeles film industry as a set and studio lighting technician on productions such as Spiderman 2 and The West Wing.

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