"Towards Europe": The train travels from the Lebanese side of the Israeli-Lebanese border, home of Hezbollah, via Hama and Homs, Syria to Gaziantep (Turkey), Ankara, then finally Istanbul to Kapikule, a town by the border of Bulgaria. On the train, topics include: the Turkish wish to become part of the EU; entering Europe with or without a veil; how to deal with Christian and Kurdish minorities; and how to look back on the alleged Armenian genocide. Outside of the train, we hear about a returned Christian refugee in Mardin.
ABOUT TRAILS FROM THE EAST:
Trails from the East is a 13-part documentary series that chronicles a train voyage from the East to the West, through fast-changing societies, along the birthplaces of five world religions. The series tackles some of the great questions of today’s globalizing world. How do people cope with the continuing globalization? Is it a threat or an opportunity?