Ode to Lesvos: an incredible story of the islanders of Lesvos

#JohnnieWalkerTheJourney, brings to its audience The Storyline - A series of films that provide a platform to real tales of human triumph from around the world. These inspiring stories of positivity and progress talk of the invincible human spirit to encourage people to be more than what they are. Much like the new documentary film, Ode to Lesvos, released on World Peace Day.

This is an extraordinary story about how an island of 150 in Skala Sikamineas, Greece, exhibited an unbreakable spirit of generosity in spite of being in the middle of an economic crisis of their own.
These islanders of Lesvos not only rescued half a million refugees fleeing the Syrian war but also gave them hope for a better future. The elevating support of three such islanders has earned them a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Indeed, a true example of uncompromising positivity and humanity in the worst of conditions.

This time a year ago, fisherman Stratis Valamios’ life changed beyond recognition as he spent months on end rescuing men, women and children from the waters around his home. “Can you really ignore what’s in front of your eyes? Because tomorrow it could be me. I could be on a boat with my family and I would like to be helped,” Stratis said.

His village, became the front line of the refugee crisis as hundreds and thousands of people came ashore, fleeing war and seeking for a better tomorrow.

Ode to Lesvos has been directed by Sundance Film Festival-winning director Talal Derki. He himself is a Syrian exile who was honored at Sundance for his documentary on the war in his homeland – Return to Homs. Derki said, “This was a deeply personal project, influenced by my life experience of the Syrian and Greek cultures”.

Through The Storyline initiative, Johnnie Walker The Journey wants to tell tales of courage shown by ordinary people who go on to do extraordinary work and set an example for people. Through a network of global storytellers (writers, directors & filmmakers), the brand offers real people a voice to tell their stories of uplifting progress.

 Watch the heroic story of true valor, optimism and human spirit #KeepWalking. Ode to Lesvos brings to light a lesser told story – the stirring response of islanders who opened their hearts to the refugees rescuing them from the sea, providing shelter and food & water.

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Updated Date: Sep 23, 2016 13:15:19 IST