NEW YORK – The Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation & The New York Times organize the screening of 4.1. Miles, an Academy Award Nominated Short Subject Documentary by Daphne Matziaraki, on Wednesday March 1st, 6:30 PM, at United Nations Headquarters.
Daphne Matziaraki, a Greek woman who went to the University of California at Berkeley to study, returned to her homeland and went with a camera and a crew to the beautiful Greek island of Lesbos, just 4.1 miles from the Turkish coast.
She got onto a Greek Coast Guard boat with an heroic captain and finally showed what was happening to the refugees on Lesbos, and trying to get there, even if avoiding the real horror of graphic depictions of the dead: a scene of a naked baby pulled from the water and held upside down and being resuscitated was enough.
Her short film, under 22 minutes and called 4.1 Miles – the distance from Turkey where human smugglers get rich shipping people to Greece – is an Academy Award nominee and deservedly so, but it’s uncomfortable to watch so those who don’t like to squirm and would step over the dead and on the living may vote for something without as much conscience.