Ovil and Usman

Ovil and Usman

Dimitris Yeros - Greece - 2019 - col.

Director, Screenplay: Dimitris Yeros 

Cinematographer: Dimitris Yeros | Editor: Panagiotis Goubouros 

Music: Manolis Manousakis | Cast: Ovil Hasnat, Usman Javed 

Producer: Dimitris Yeros | Production: Phyllo Editions | Running Time: 47'


This documentary records the in-depth testimony of a gay Muslim couple, Ovil and Usman, whose only wish was to share a life together. Since in their home countries it is illegal for gay men to live their lives as they would like to, they had no choice but to escape to the west, following the underground caravan of refugees and immigrants that leads from Asia to Greece. They ended up trapped in the infamous hot spot/refugee camp in Moria — where their "dream paradise" would show its ugliest face.


The film was shot on the island of Lesvos, Greece, under very difficult circumstances. It tackles multiple issues that give us a broader view of the refugee crisis and the reasons that cause it. Most of all, it illustrates the squalid living conditions and the human mosaic at the Moria camp through strong imagery of never before seen footage from the life inside and outside the camp, shot through different means, even mobile phones, as there was a government prohibition for journalists and film crews to enter the camp.


Dimitris Yeros is a visual artist; 58 individual exhibitions of his works have been held in Greece and abroad. This is his first work as a director.

Official selection at the 21st Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival, the 10th LGBT International Film Festival in Poland, the OAXACA Film Festival in Mexico and the Grec Doc 2020 in Paris.




"Oliv and Usman" is Dimitris Yeros' first work as a director.   


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