Background

In the Right Place follows Bogdan Andrei, the charismatic leader of a volunteer organisation in a Greek refugee camp. His NGO Samos Volunteers supports migrants with language classes, education, and a launderette. Bogdan, who is of Romanian descent, first arrived on Samos in 2016. His initial plan was to stay for a few months. A stranger offered to sponsor him, allowing him to extend his stay. Three years later, he is moving to Germany to live together with his girlfriend, whom he also met on the island. As Bogdan returns to the mainland, he realises that his heart is split in half between Samos and his new life.

The film was created by Sam van Zoest, who first met Bogdan when he arrived on Samos as a volunteer himself. Sam: “I of stumbled upon him as he happened to be the leader of the volunteer group. Immediately I was struck by his charisma and humbleness. Where others withered under the grave circumstances we faced on Samos, Bogdan thrived. The social aspect energized him, and this in turn fueled the entire group. As one of the volunteers remarked: he was the backbone of Alpha. When Bogdan announced that he was leaving the island, I knew I had to capture his story. How does one adjust to normal life on the mainland after being in a position of leadership under extreme circumstances?”

Featuring
Bogdan Andrei
Sabine Klasen

A film by
Sam van Zoest

Sound Design by
Poul Sven de Haan

Composer
Michiel van Poelgeest

Colour Grader
Kiki Henger

Co-Producer
Anastasia Govtva

Associate Producer
Annick Sickinghe

Subtitles
Dutch – Tomas Zenas
Farsi – Nima Moradi
French – Douglas Grenville
German – Katinka Schlette
Italian – Simone Innico
Korean – Alex Cho
Polish – Jagna
Wiśniewska
Portuguese –
Inês Matos
Spanish – Agus Oliveri