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Exodus (full documentary)

21 Jun 2023
FRONTLINE followed the stories of refugees and migrants as they left their home countries and embarked on dangerous journeys in search of safety and a better life in Europe. (Aired 2016)

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FRONTLINE’s two-hour documentary told the first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war, persecution and hardship — drawing on footage filmed by the people themselves.

Through its harrowing access and intimacy, “Exodus” exposed a shadow-world of human traffickers exploiting the migration crisis for profit and revealed the challenges and choices these refugees and migrants face every day.

“Anyone can become a refugee,” says Hassan in the documentary. He’s a former English teacher who fled his home in Syria, after he says he was beaten by government forces. “It’s not something which you choose. It’s something that happens to you.”

“Exodus” is a Keo Films production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and BBC. The director is James Bluemel. The senior producer is Dan Edge. The executive producer for Keo Films is Will Anderson. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.

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FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; Park Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen.

Prologue - 00:00
The Journey of Syrian Refugees From Turkey - 01:04
Crossing the Mediterranean Sea in a Sinking Dinghy - 17:39
Refugees From Syria, Afghanistan Arrive in Greece - 26:35
Refugees and Migrants Cross the Sahara Desert - 45:45
The Role Smugglers Played in Refugees’ and Migrants’ European Journeys - 53:30
The Migration Journey Through Libya - 1:10:09
Refugees Crossing Borders in Europe in 2015-2016 - 1:15:08
‘Anyone Can Become a Refugee’ - 1:32:30
Credits - 1:51:57
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