Another Greek has been nominated for an Oscar. Daphne Matziaraki’s film 4.1 Miles was selected for the Best Short Documentary category.
The young filmmaker captures a portrait of a Greek coast guard captain trying to save refugees crossing the Aegean Sea amidst the Syrian refugee crisis.
Her documentary was initially featured as a New York Times Op-Doc and won a Student Academy Award, and now has been short-listed for an Academy Award nomination.
“Two years ago at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism my incredible mentor Dan Krauss was teaching me the basics of filmmaking,” Matziaraki wrote on Facebook after the announcement.
“While refugee families with their babies are still fleeing war and conflict in the most deadly ways, and while refugee children are freezing to death in camps, both Dan’s short documentary Extremis and 4.1 Miles are nominated for an #Oscar. I couldn’t be more honored and thankful. Because this means we will get to share these extremely important stories with the world as Kyriakos Papadopoulos – the heroic captain of 4.1 Miles and his crew, will continue to find themselves in the fine line, between life and death.”
Matziaraki is a native of Greece who relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012. After taking part in KALW’s Audio Academy, she worked with Al Jazeera America, and then enrolled at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to study documentary filmmaking. Now, she’s become one of the most celebrated short doc makers in the country.