4.1 Miles ★★★½

During the past 2 years over a million refugees from the mid-east wars have attempted to make the 4.1 mile trip by water from Turkey to the Greek islands (particularly Lesbos.) Victimized by criminal smugglers, and in many cases left in the open sea by capsized boats, over a thousand have drowned, and the Greek infrastructure is crumbling under the pressure. This short documentary accompanies a coast guard captain as the men of his boat struggle night and day to rescue the drowning people (many of them young children.) The hand-held photography is often of amateur quality, with a propensity to catch only glimpses of action; and other than the captain himself there is little interaction with actual refugees. But it is impossible to watch this ongoing tragedy unfold up close and personal without feeling empathy for the plight of these victims of circumstances.