Room with a view


Greece 2015. Thousands of migrants try desperately to reach the greek shores from Turkey. On the other side of Greece, opposite to the recently-built port of Patras, abandoned factories provide shelter to refugees for years. Some of them have just arrived, some others are there, since ever. All have one and only goal in mind: crossing the sea to Italy.

The Ladopoulos Papermill is one of many factories of Greece that shut down in 1991, after 63 years of operations. In Sept 2015, this abandoned construction hosts mostly Afghans boys, aged between 16 and 22 years old, running from the Talibans.
They sleep, wash, eat and play inside and around the factory. They have reconstitute a temporary home by accommodating the space to their needs.

The boys favoured place is the roof of the building. From up there, they can have an eye on the port, make plans, visualise a future.

Each and every evening, they try to sneak into a truck to Italy. Few of them ever succeed.