PAL, 4:3, stereo sound , 17min, 2009
2755 miles is primarily based on video research and forms of experimental documentary practice that engages with issues of migration and displacement by concentrating on the cultural and communal worlds of clandestine Pakistani refugee workers residing at the outskirts of Athens. Its title corresponds to the geographic distance between Pakistan and Greece, the two locations that constitute the start and end point (even if temporal) of the networks that smuggle economic migrants from the subcontinent into Europe. The narrative is located within a horse-riding club next to Athens airport where the men live and work. The video is composed of directed scenes, observational views of the migrants’ life in the land, as well as footage of unplanned events. The opening and closing scenes of the video take place inside a car (image above) and document the journey that some of the protagonists and I made to the centre of Athens to covertly receive a newly arrived Pakistani family member, who reached the country through smuggling networks after a month in transit. The narrative deals directly with documentation and in-situ research and attempts to explore notions of ‘truth’ and ‘visibility’ with reference to the dérives, drawn from Situationists practices.