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Exodus: Our Journey To Europe

In this three part OU/BBC co-production we see a terrifyingly intimate, yet uniquely epic portrait of the biggest movement of people that Europe has seen since World War Two.

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In 2015, cameras were given to some of the million people who were trying to enter Europe in the hope of fleeing conflict, unrest and poverty, so that they could record places no-one else can go. Filmed by both refugees themselves and the production team, the result is a terrifyingly intimate yet uniquely epic portrait of the biggest movement of people that Europe has seen since World War Two.

Exodus: Our Journey To Europe was first broadcast on BBC Two on Monday 11th July at 9pm. For more information and to watch online where available please visit bbc.co.uk. 

We're delighted to announce that Exodus won the Best Documentary at the Broadcast Awards 2017.

EPISODE 3

Alagie looks out from a bot over the water. Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC 21 year old Alaigie is preparing to leave Gambia to travel “the back way” 6000 kilometres to Italy to find work. Following his father’s death, Alaigie’s dreams of becoming an engineer were shattered and he needs to earn money to support his family. He takes us with him on the dangerous journey through Africa via a network of smugglers, at the mercy of thieves and violent border guards, across the Sahara in overloaded trucks to Tripoli. But instead of getting on a boat as he’d expected, Alaigie is kidnapped, and a ransom is demanded. His family in Gambia struggle to raise the money to pay.

Meanwhile, Syrian Kurd Ahmad’s attempt to be smuggled into Britain in the back of a lorry finally pays off, and he’s sent to Wakefield while his asylum claim is processed. He’s desperate to get Leave to Remain so that he can bring his wife and young daughters out of Syria. With their home town under attack from Daesh (so-called Islamic State) and the Assad regime, the clock is ticking for him to get them to safety.

And 27 year old Hassan, who survived the sinking of his dinghy in the Mediterranean, has reached Calais and the infamous Jungle. But every attempt to board a train or lorry is thwarted and his spirits fall as he sees his friends succeed in crossing the Channel. In desperation he tries to fly to the UK on a fake Czech passport, but the final few miles proves the hardest to travel.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
EPISODE 1 Episode 1 begins as hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria arrive in the Turkish port of Izmir. Read more
EPISODE 2 In episode 2, we continue Ahmad’s journey. Read more
EPISODE 3 21 year old Alaigie is preparing to leave Gambia to travel “the back way” 6000 kilometres to Italy to find work. Read more