• Flight 4 our Right

    January 25th, 2015. Unable to vote from abroad, four young Greek expats return home for the most critical elections of recent history.

    Antonis is a half-Greek and half-German social entrepreneur. Gevi is a London based filmmaker. Alexandros is a master’s degree student in the Netherlands. Thanos is a member of SYRIZA, living in Berlin. They all have high hopes for the future, and they all want to see expatriate Greeks earning the right to vote from abroad.

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  • Waterlooplein: When gyros met bougatsa

    In the flea market of Waterlooplein, Dimitris organises a housewarming party for his brand new chicken gyros canteen. Right next to him, Vasilis has been serving bougatsa pastry and frappé coffee for the last five years. Together, they have created an Amsterdam hot spot for Greeks and their international friends.

    Guest appearance by Thomas Huisman (bouzouki).

    Filmed & edited by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos Sound recording and mixing by Nikos Kandarakis Translation to English by Christina Tziouvara Research by Gina Tsilimpi

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  • The Colony, Episode 1 – “Skype Call”

    “We came here in an organised escape plan”

    Paris left Greece and moved to London together with his little sister, Athena. Tania came later with her boyfriend, Chris, hoping that her chemistry degree can find her a job. They all miss granny’s cooking.

    Filmed & edited by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos Sound recording and mixing by Nikos Kandarakis

    This documentary is protected with a creative commons license. Unauthorized commercial use, derivatives and TV broadcasting are strictly forbidden.

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  • Reload Greece

    On the 15th of October 2013, the New Diaspora crew landed in Gatwick airport. One of the main reasons for our filming expedition was the MeetU@Reload event, hosted at the London Google Campus by Reload Greece on October 19th.

    Reload Greece is the hub of Greek entrepreneurship in London, seeking solutions that can generate economic growth and social impact in Greece.
 It started as an initiative by young Greeks to inspire and educate [...]

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  • Marylebone Road: Christina Garidi

    When we launched New Diaspora in March 2013, we were grateful to have Christina as the very first person contributing an “open letter” to our project.

    We hadn’t planned to film Christina’s story during our short visit to London, since we both had pressing schedules to follow. However, we managed to squeeze time for a brief encounter. It was worth it.

    Christina studied Environmental Sciences in Southampton before she moved up north to get her Master in [...]

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  • The Three Hundreds: Alexandros Ioannou

    100 days, 100 Euros, 100 places to see. Alexandros returns home from Scotland to Cyprus, traveling mainly by bicycle. We had the chance to interview him and his companion, Yannis, when they passed through Amsterdam.

    Visit the 3×100 Facebook page to read the full story of this journey.

    Filmed by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos Research by Gina Tsilimpi Edited by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos & Michael Papadakis Music by Nikos Kandarakis

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  • Tunisia: Yannis Arvanitis

    Yannis moved to Tunisia only a few days before the revolution started.

    Watch and share our new web documentary, which has already been hosted in ARTE Future on August 15th 2013 (in French and German).

    Directed by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos Sound design and mix by Nikos Kandarakis Editing by Nikolaos Stampoulopoulos & Michael Papadakis

    This documentary is protected with a creative commons license. Commercial use, derivatives and TV broadcasting are strictly forbidden, unless authorized by New Diaspora.

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  • Morning Tales: George Mitrakas

    Thanks to George, Wageningen is the only Dutch town that has a traditional Greek café and food store.

    Watch and share our new web documentary, which will be also hosted in ARTE Future on August 15th 2013 (in French and German).

    Directed by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos Research by Gina Tsilimpi Sound recording by Nikos Kandarakis Editing by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos & Michael Papadakis

    This documentary is protected with a creative commons license. Commercial use, derivatives and TV broadcasting are strictly [...]

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  • Army of One: Katerina Kozadinou

    Directed by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos

    The first New Diaspora web documentary is now online! Watch it on full HD for free, share it with your friends, and support our independence by contributing to our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo!

    Help us make the voice of expatriate Greeks heard! Join the New Diaspora web documentary movement!

    It’s time to tell our own part of the story.

    Army of One” introduces our “Portraits” documentary series. In order for us to produce thematic [...]

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  • New Diaspora: the trailer

    New Diaspora is an independent web documentary movement, focusing on the stories of Greeks living abroad during the crisis in their homeland.

    Please share and support our crowdfunding campaign. It’s time to tell our own part of the story.

    Why did we leave? What’s our point of view on the current situation in Greece? How much have we adapted to our new lives?

    The main narrative drive is a web documentary series directed by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos, who lives and [...]

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  • Occupy Amsterdam: Dimitris Pavlopoulos

    I originally intended to post this video back in October of 2011, as a report of the Occupy movement’s impact on Dutch society. For a number of reasons I decided to wait until the moment would be ripe, and now I’m posting it as a historical record of what was the political climate back then.

    This is not a complete documentary, since it lacks a proper storyline, interviews with the protagonists and counter arguments from the [...]

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  • New Diaspora: the project

    We need to raise $63.5K until May 4th, in order to keep the New Diaspora project going.

    Please share and contribute to our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

    Selected media coverage (so far):

    Athens Voice (GR)    Lifo Magazine (GR)  Kathimerini newspaper (GR) Kathimerini international (EN) Eleftherotypia newspaper (GR)

    SKAI TV appearance (GR) DocTV (GR) Metro [...]

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  • Effie Pappa and her stuffed granny

    Effie Pappa and her stuffed granny

    By Kelly Fanarioti (ScreenEye.net)

    Action, suspense, struggle for survival and in general all the little and great emotions that could fit into an animation, are present in the new film by Effie Pappa, that won the McLaren award for the best British animation in Edinburgh. My Stuffed Granny ’rides the wave’ that has engulfed cinema worldwide, showing that the art of animation could go one step further.

    The plot [...]

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  • Zinovia, a multi-talented composer in France

    Zinovia, a multi-talented composer in France

    Zinovia Arvanitidi was born in Athens, and has been honing her music-composing skills by obtaining various diplomas in Classical Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, orchestration and music technology at Philippos Nakas conservatory of Athens. Since the completion of her musical studies she has been experimenting with electronic sounds, incorporating her influences in classical, electro, ambient, dub, neo-classical, jazz, and film scores into her own sound creations.

    In 2012 Zinovia composed music in the collaborative album “Vanishing Mirror” under the moniker Pill-Oh, released [...]

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  • Home is where the heart is

    Home is where the heart is

    Lost in Transition is a column that deals with the psychological consequences of contemporary migration.

    by Anastasia Christidou

                                                                      “Among the great struggles of man, there is also this mighty conflict between the fantasy of Home and the fantasy of Away, the dream of roots and the mirage of the journey.” – Salman Rushdie

    Emigration. Expatriation. Relocation. Three words describing the process of moving far away from the homeland. Journeys into the unknown and wandering that embody [...]

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  • Migrating to Scandinavia

    Migrating to Scandinavia

    by Thanos Kalamidas

    The last few days and already since the end of 2015, I have started again to receive messages and emails from people in Greece asking information about migrating to Scandinavia. In comparison to various respective letters that they were sent to me before 2014, some things have changed. Now, the letters are not filled with doubt reflecting their senders’ dilemma on whether they are doing the right thing or not. Now, [...]

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  • A window to the world

    A window to the world

    What do you see outside your window? 

    Greeks are everywhere, and New Diaspora aspires to create a collective album with pictures contributed from the members of its global community.

    All you have to do is shoot a photo with the view outside your window at home or work, and send it to us together with a caption mentioning your first name and the place you live. You can optionally add a short story regarding your picture. [...]

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  • 7 facts that show why threatening to kick Greece out of the Schengen zone is hypocritical

    7 facts that show why threatening to kick Greece out of the Schengen zone is hypocritical

    Greece has “seriously neglected” its obligations to control the external frontier of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone, the European Commission says in a draft report. As a result, the EU now threatens to kick Greece out of the Schengen zone. [source: BBC]

    It is highly unlikely that Greece will exit the Schengen zone. If it does, Greek citizens will still be able to travel and work in other EU countries, as long as they carry with them a valid passport [...]

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  • Welcoming newcomers in the Netherlands

    Welcoming newcomers in the Netherlands

    The initiative “Newcomers in the Netherlands” was formed in order to help all those people that have recently moved to the Netherlands.

    We realized that the existing structures for supporting the new arrivals were not enough and so we wished to help by providing reliable and direct information and help.

    The majority of the new immigrants depend on acquaintances, relatives, employers and mostly on the web for help and [...]

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  • Denmark wants asylum seekers to stay out of its borders

    Denmark wants asylum seekers to stay out of its borders

    A couple of days ago, Denmark passed a controversial law that allows authorities to seize cash and valuables from asylum seekers entering the country. The internet exploded, with some critics comparing the Danish government to Nazis. Others defended the decision, claiming the same conditions also apply to Danish citizens.

    Petros Papakalos, lawyer linguist in the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), tries to put things into perspective:

    “So far, I had avoided to [...]

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  • Kourelou in London

    Kourelou in London

    by Lida Aslanidou

    “Kourelou (eng: rag, patchwork) is exactly what its name implies: a variety of music and sounds that have been forgotten, but we reshape them and bring back on the surface.”

    Greek musicians from completely different backgrounds met in London and connected in an odd way. This rag is made from Epirus, Pontus, the Balkans, the ‘rebetiko’ culture, traditional Greek festivals and contemporary London sounds, and it’s ‘woven’ in the [...]

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  • They don’t match, I tell you

    They don’t match, I tell you

    Two images. One from Greece and the other one from England. Both are sources of broad generalization and arbitrary conclusions. On the one hand, the popular ‘singer’ Pantelidis, half-buried in tons of flowers at a bouzouki nightclub; indicative of the mainstream culture of Greece in a perpetual crisis. On the other, drunk Brits making a spectacle of themselves in English streets during New Year’s eve. The first story got overemphasized lately, while the second one [...]

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  • LoveGreece & New Diaspora partnership

    LoveGreece & New Diaspora partnership

    Love Greece and New Diaspora go hand in hand with the communication of the most productive Greeks

    The productivity of Greek people unfolds itself within and outside the borders of their country.

    The current conditions have awakened the most optimistic and most energetic side of the Greeks, and thus our fellow citizens have been lead to an extremely creative period. Along these lines, LoveGreece.com and newdiaspora.com have joined forces, united in their [...]

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  • Thomas Douzis, Ergon traditional Greek products

    Thomas Douzis, Ergon traditional Greek products

    * The video is in Greek. To activate English subtitles, please click on CC on the video screen.

    Their grandfather had a grocery store in Thessaloniki and their father founded a company for the distribution of Greek food products in 2004, after a long career in multinational food companies. That’s how brothers Thomas and George Douzis got interested in the food industry and decided in 2007 to create the «Ergon» brand which comprises an [...]

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