PBS Point of View. “The Global Refugee Crisis: A Community Responds.”

Daphne Matziaraki’s 24-minute film 4.1 Miles follows local coast guard officers stationed off the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands of refugees have braved the Mediterranean to flee conflicts at home. The waters of this small island were once tranquil, but the Coast Guard now finds itself overwhelmed by the task of saving hundreds of migrants from drowning at sea every week. Docks previously lined with restaurants have become makeshift first-response centers for the enormous number of people attempting to make the crossing–more than 600,000 from Turkey alone in 2015. Nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. Grades 6 – 12.