by Marianna Economou , Greece

Filmed in a Greek juvenile prison and in the court room, “The Longest run” follows the story of Alsaleh from Syria and Jasim from Iraq who are accused of smuggling illegal immigrants. Against the backdrop of the ISIS attacks in the Middle East, the daily life of the two friends unravels in prison, and their anxiety, fear and suspense escalate as the date for their trial approaches. They know that the punishment will be severe and their chance to prove their innocence in the Greek court is minimal. Through their personal stories, the film reveals how smugglers force young innocent refugees to transport people across the borders and how young boys like Alsaleh and Jasim can get convicted to 25 year imprisonment, while the smugglers continue to act uninterrupted.

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