4 minutes in the eyes of a refugee

Twenty years ago, the American psychologist Arthur Aron demonstrated that a connection between two strangers could be made if they looked into each other’s eyes for four minutes.
Amnesty International made an experimental film based on this, reminding us that seeing the world through another person’s eyes is always beneficial.

The scenes were not pre-arranged and the people who sat opposite each other had never met before. The experience is entirely based on spontaneity and naturalness of reaction. The refugees come mainly from Syria and have been living in Europe for less than a year.

Thanks to this experience, it has been possible to show that an encounter between people who are in theory strangers from different cultures can become special and deeply inspiring. Borders exist between countries, not between human beings.

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