Stuck in the Doorway Film and Discussion by Michel Bolsey
Two years after we all saw overwhelming images of refugees crossing the Aegean to Greece, many refugees still live in limbo. The film and media project, Stuck In The Doorway, is an ongoing examination of the lives of the 60,000 people currently in Greece, some making a new life there, others still trying to get to a new home. This film and discussion builds on Michel Bolsey's experiences as one of three filmmakers attempting to delve beneath the headlines to better unerstand the complex and multi-faceted stories of people involved in this phenomenon. For more on this project, visit stuckinthedoorway.com.
Michel Bolsey has a long history of involvement in the Middle East and Greece. He was a schoolteacher in a Lebanese village during the 70s and continued as a journalist operating out of Lebanon for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Aramco Magazine and other media. He founded and hosted the award-winning Pacifica Radio program, "Middle East in Focus," devoted to news, politics, and culture from that region. MEIF was one of the first news programs in the U.S. to bring Palestinians and Israelis together around a microphone. Michel continued to host MEIF for ten years, and 37 years later the program still airs on the Pacifica network. He has been a regular visitor to Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Palestine and Egypt. He is bilingual in French and English, fluent in Levantine Arabic and speaks conversational Greek.