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Interview: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki tells story of rescues of refugees at sea

Image courtesy of Daphne Matziaraki
Still from the short film 4.1 Miles


Daphne Matziaraki's film 4.1 Miles captures a day in the life of a Greek Coast Guard Captain whose job is to try to save refugees trying to cross the Aegean Sea. It was featured as a New York Times Op-Doc, won a Student Academy Award, and it’s been nominated for an Oscar.

MATZIARAKI: When you are caught between life and death I think there is no other option. When the captain told me put the camera down I didn't think about it at all... I completely forgot that I was filming.

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.


For the complete interview, listen here.

Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.