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Filmmaker Dapfne Matziaraki wins Oscar nomination for “4.1 Miles”

Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki and her documentary “4.1 Miles” is the second Greek nomination for Oscars 2017 in the category Best Documentary Short Subject.

She directed, produced, photographed and edited the award winning “4.1 Miles”, a documentary about refugees.

In the peak of the Refugee Crisis, she traveled to the island of Lesvos in an effort to show the world the struggle of a Greek captain to save lives as thousands of people were trying to reach Europe.

Matziaraki followed Greek Coast Guard Captain Kyriakos Papadopoulos as he was thrust into the heart of the crisis, attempting to save people crossing the 4.1 mile stretch between the island and Turkey.

She writes about the filmmaking:

“I followed a coast guard captain for three weeks as he pulled family after family, child after child, from the ocean and saved their lives. All the ones in this film were shot on a single day, October 28, 2015. Two additional rescues happened that same day but were not included.”

According to the International Organization for Migration, 4,812 migrants and refugees have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2016, even though approximately 650,000 fewer people attempted the journey than in 2015.

“4.1 Miles” is part of the Emmy-winning New York Times Op-Docs series of short documentaries.

Matziaraki won Documentary Gold Medal: 2016 Student Academy Awards

Daphne Matziaraki is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born and raised in Athens Greece.

She has lived and worked as a filmmaker and journalist in Europe, Africa and the United States. She has a Master’s in documentary filmmaking from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Master’s in  International Relations from the University of Bristol, UK.

An interview with Matziaraki about her film experience on Lesvos is here.



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