The Island Bus

15-year-old Saeed from Afghanistan took a boat in Izmir to come to Europe. Just off the Turkish coast, Saeed strands on a Greek island called Tilos. Fleeing a traumatic past, he is catapulted into a community with only 400 inhabitants – and one bus.

Saeed soon discovers that he is not the only one looking for a new home here. The passengers on THE ISLAND BUS come from over a dozen countries, and also have stories of dislocation to tell. This warm-hearted documentary adds an Aegean twist to the eternal question of how to be happy no matter what.

Behind The Scenes

Lots of sheep, bees wax and chats in the alleyways were involved in the making of this warmhearted observational documentary. It is Sibylle Meder’s first feature film as a director. She first had the idea for the filmic community portrait while being herself a passenger on Tilos’s only bus.

Originally intended to equally interweave the stories of several of the island’s inhabitants, things took a different turn when during the filming of a first trailer, Saeed’s boat arrived. It was soon clear, that Saeed would become the main character with whom we experience what it is like to find your feet in a small island community.

Production
Beau Films / High Five Films
Director
Sibylle Meder
Producer
Lindsay Goodall
Co-producers
Anja Deghan / Mike Deghan
Cinematography
Sibylle Meder
Additional Cinematography
George Cameron Geddes
Sound Recording
Dimitris Giannourakis
Editor
Sibylle Meder
Colourist
John Sackey
Sound Design
Ali Murray
Music
DJ Badre / Thomas Mangano
Poster Artwork
Viola Welker
Location
Tilos Island, Greece
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