4.1 Miles

Documentary Short

This screening is graciously sponsored by the Canada Lesvos Initiative (CIL) in support of the NGO "Smile of the Child"‎ and a safe haven for minor children.

Director: Daphne Matziaraki
Starring Christos Sapounas and Giorgos Tsagarellis

In 4.1 miles (the distance from the Turkish coast to the island of Lesbos) the director’s camera takes the audience on board a coast guard boat in Lesbos, where the captain, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, works in the heart of a nightmare. In the course of a single day, the film follows his tiny crew’s response to emergency calls in rough waters where they find terrified, freezing families, many with small children, waiting for rescue.

Telluride Film Festival
International Documentary Association Screening Series
New York Greek Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
San Francisco Film Society Documentary Stories
International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam

2017 Academy Awards, Oscar Best Documentary Short Subject (Nominee)
2016 Student Academy Award, Documentary
2016 International Documentary Association, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award