Produced as part of The New York Times’ Op-Doc series, the 21-minute short documents the efforts of local coast guard officers to save hundreds of migrants from drowning off the coast of Lesbos, Greece. The quaint and quiet island town off of the Mediterranean has now seen its docks, once lined with restaurants, become makeshift first response centers.
The doc has previously been feted with the IDA David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award and the Documentary Gold Medal in the 2016 Student Academy Awards.
The film joins Joe’s Violin as one of two Oscar-nominated films in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category to debut across ‘POV’s 30th season this spring.
“This heartwrenching film shows us the humanity on both sides of a refugee crisis that is spinning out of control,” said ‘POV’ exec producer Chris White in a statement. “In a time when victims are painted as criminals, it cries urgently for us to find better solutions to this worldwide tragedy. Stories about those stuck in the middle should be required viewing. It’s the only way forward.”
“It’s an incredible honor to have the opportunity to work with POV around the national television broadcast of 4.1 Miles,” said Matziaraki. “To know that my first film will reach millions of Americans, including policy makers across the nation, through POV and the PBS system is a dream come true.”