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Watching anything refugee related will always be hard.

Honestly, I don’t really have much to say about 4.1 Miles… It’s just so real, and very raw…

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This short film follows the commander of the small Greek island Lesbos’ Coast Guard ship that is charged with saving the lives of thousands of refugees.

And it’s hard to watch. You will most likely cry. It’s just 26 minutes of footage of watching refuges being saved at sea – adults, children, babies, families, seniors… Watching some of them not make it, watching them need (sometimes immediate) medical attention, watching how hard it is for everyone involved…

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And so often we hear of how hard it is for refugees, but this short film chooses to mainly focus upon how emotionally hard it also is for the Lesbos citizens, particular the rescuers. We see what they have to go through daily, and the absolute stressful, difficulty and emotional toil it has on them – and yet how they choose to do their best to stay strong throughout it all.

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This was a pretty powerful watch for me. I’d seen plenty of news, documentaries, stories and more about refugees but not so much raw, real footage of actual events that happen daily for people whose job it is to do their best to save the refugees that come to their island…

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