If you look at nothing else, take 20 minutes for this. And then get in touch with your congresspeople and urge them to step up the pace on admitting desperate families fleeing the war in Syria. To the Obama Administration's credit, we have exceeded the (extremely modest) goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this year - we are up to 12,000 so far. But compared to the numbers of refugees flooding into Greece, this is a laughably, horribly small number.
At the end of the film, there's a title card. It reads:
"Between 2015 and 2016, 600,000 migrants crossed the 4.1 miles of water between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos."
600,000. Think about it.
"Everywhere we went there were people in the water, " says Kyriakos, the captain of the coast guard vessel. "The only thing I'm hoping is that there is no one missing." A nightmare. But still better than Aleppo.
4.1 Miles, a documentary by Daphne Matziaraki, comes to us courtesy of The New York Times Op-Docs.