The Oscar-nominated short documentary “4.1 Miles” directed by Greek student Daphne Matziaraki is to be screened at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday. The screening of the documentary, which depicts the drama of the refugee crisis on the island of Lesbos at its height, was organised by the Greece’s permanent UN representation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the “New York Times”.
It will be attended by Matziaraki herself and the protagonist of her documentary, coast guard officer Kyriakos Papadopoulos, the captain of a vessel that was involving in the rescue of thousands of refugees that crossed the stretch of water between Lesbos and Turkey’s shores to reach Europe.
Speaking to the ANA from the Oscar awards ceremony on Monday, where Matziaraki’s film was among the contenders for the 2017 Oscars, Papadopoulos noted that “even if the Oscar was not given to ‘4.1 Miles’ the story that took place in the Aegean in which the men of the coast guard played the lead role and saved thousands of human lives, a story that is not over, became known to the ends of the earth. And no one can now say they didn’t know.”