Dr. Rajeev Fernando is an Infectious Diseases Doctor based in New York. He's been voted in as amongst Castle Connollys best Infectious Diseases Doctors in New York for the past five years. During filming Smugglers and Refugees he started a charity named after his parents, CHIRAJ (chiraj.org). The charity provides refugee education for Syrian and the Rohingya refugees, works with the Rape crisis unit in South Africa #metoo and supports Zika virus babies and mothers in Brazil. Dr. Rajeev supports these groups by personally visiting them and provides funding on his own with the hope that that others will follow his lead.
In addition to this, he serves on a panel in New York that assists in devising protocols for the ongoing devastating opioid crisis in America by treating patients through withdrawal and counciling patients to prevent relapses. His true passion is mentoring medical students and residents towards building the physician of tomorrow. He was nominated by HSBC bank for their Heroes of the Year award for 2018.
Mirko Radak is a New York based filmmaker, producer and member of International Federation of Journalists - IFJ. He attended an UNESCO education project with students from 67 nationalities in Bonn, Germany. They also integrated refugees from all over the world as brothers and sisters and hence is petrified with the refugee struggles today. He met Rajeev at the height of the European refugees crisis and they decided to integrate their knowledge and experiences to tell their story through a personal approach.
The film gives a unique perspective on the refugee crises through the prism of the harrowing journey for a better future.