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    New Diaspora: Year One

    13/3/2014. New Diaspora was launched exactly one year ago. It started as an initiative of a small team, developed into a worldwide online community and slowly evolves into a participatory media channel that records an entire migration wave as it happens; at the same time providing a networking hub for the new generation of Greeks living abroad.

    We are celebrating our first birthday with a compilation of short clips from the 6 web documentaries we have completed so far: [...]

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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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  • Reload Greece: The Teaser

    New Diaspora traveled to London and filmed the team of Reload Greece in action. This is a teaser of our web documentary about what Reload Greece does and stands for. Stay tuned.

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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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  • I cannot vote

    Greek citizens who live abroad and are entitled to vote in the parliamentary elections of their country, can only do so if they travel to Greece. Due to this fact, during the spring of 2012, a group of Greeks in Amsterdam decided to take action. The I Cannot Vote campaign was launched on June 2012, a few days before the second run of the Greek parliamentary elections. Our main demand is to give Greek citizens who live abroad [...]

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  • Lefteris Emmanuel Heretakis on New Diaspora

    Lefteris Emmanuel Heretakis on New Diaspora

    Leeds based lecturer & designer Lefteris Emmanuel Heretakis talks to Iliada Kothra and to New Diaspora about his work abroad.

    By Iliada Kothra

    Why did you have to leave Greece?

    I began my studies in the UK in 1995, spent some years working in London, and then moved back to Athens. For the past 6 years I have been working as a designer as well as a lecturer for Teeside University. I have always been passionate [...]

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  • Greek Expats Class of 2014: Give us Wings – Take our Wings

    Greek Expats Class of 2014: Give us Wings – Take our Wings

    By Emma Gavala

    The idea of conducting a reportage documenting the path of Greek Expats graduating in 2014, was first born in May. Οn the one side of the Atlantic, finalists in the British universities (like me) were taking their final exams – a process of much greater significance than any other previous examination we have been involved in the past (as the apparent severity of the Greek National Exams, the International Baccalaureate Finals and any other similar [...]

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  • I’m Greek, therefore I’m yogurt

    I’m Greek, therefore I’m yogurt

    By Nathalie Tzobanakis

    Translated in English by Lemonia Liberidu

    I take all shoppings out of the trolley at the counter of the super market. The girl at the counter looks to me like a Hindu, or something similar; because of her sight and her accent. I have the three-year old Lukas with me, with whom we talk in Greek. – What language do you speak? she asks. – Greek. – Oh, the only thing I know from Greece [...]

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  • Greek Recipes for Survival

    Greek Recipes for Survival

    By Despina Antypa

    BRUSSELS — Surviving a severe economic crisis is like coming out alive after an airplane crash. You will never be the same person again.

    At first, the bad news was just a whisper. Stories of people we did not know losing their jobs. My husband and I were working at one of the leading newspapers in Athens and we felt safe. When people we knew were suddenly out of work, I knew it [...]

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  • Christina Ioannidou on New Diaspora

    Christina Ioannidou on New Diaspora

    London based jewelry designer Christina Ioannidou talks to Iliada Kothra and to New Diaspora about her work abroad.

    By Iliada Kothra

    Edited by Maro Lazarou

    Your collections are magnificent! What inspires you?

    Thank you for saying that! My inspiration is generated by any visual stimuli but mainly by other civilizations and their traditions. My work is an outcome of deep research on different tribes and their traditional ceremonials, costumes, and identities, and it is formed by [...]

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  • Regina Vorria on New Diaspora

    Regina Vorria on New Diaspora

    Performing arts professional, theatre artist and producer Regina Vorria talks to Stella Pekiaridi and to New Diapora about her life and professional activity in New York.

    By Stella Pekiaridi

    How did you find yourself in New York? When I finished my studies in Theatre at the School of Fine Arts at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, I started researching graduate programs in the US, and specifically in New York. Producing was not at all on my radar back then. [...]

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  • They live among us: Devouring Nostalgia

    They live among us: Devouring Nostalgia

    They live among us: Familiar faces in foreign places

    Alexia Polou, reporting from Brussels

    She has found the key of surviving abroad through the culinary delicacies that the new place offers. Besides, survival is an instict that passes through the stomach. She knows all good restaurants, she eats so frequently out that she makes you want to ask her if she has realized that she is not on permanent vacation. You will find her on Monday at [...]

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  • Open Letter from Ireland

    Open Letter from Ireland

    Olga Fragkou talks to New Diaspora about her decision to leave Greece to go to Ireland and about how her life has evolved there.

    I decided to leave because I was unemployed for almost 3 years and looking for a job had become a real nightmare since I could not find anything that would cover my expenses. Before getting unemployed, I had worked in secretarial positions for almost 10 years, I was occupying myself with silversmithing and jewelery, [...]

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  • The Bitter Tea of Xenitia: The beginnings  of a digital narrative

    The Bitter Tea of Xenitia: The beginnings of a digital narrative

    By Sofia Gkiousou

    I need to start the English version of this post by explaining the word xenitia. Google translates it as exile which is a good translation while at the same time inaccurate in every sense. In Greek, xenitia is the word we use to encompass places outside Greece, the act of moving abroad and our vast history of self-exile and economic migration. It is a word that brings to mind films, songs, and family histories. It [...]

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  • London: a “Cloudy Apple” in the north hemisphere

    London: a “Cloudy Apple” in the north hemisphere

    Konstantinos Papacharalampos, real estate development consultant and writer, sends an open letter to New Diaspora about London.

    Some things happen naturally, effortlessly, things we like from the very first moment – this is the case with London; its skyscrapers, the transparent glass, the clouds, its air, and the market’s professionals. London means energy, vibrant spirit, freedom and people from all races who live, work and love together. It means the city full of dreams and effort, [...]

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  • 5 positives and 5 negatives of (my) life abroad

    5 positives and 5 negatives of (my) life abroad

    By Sofia Gkiousou

    I have been reading with great interest a number of blog posts by Greeks (wherever they may be) and the discussions that these posts spark. Two recent examples are Manolis’ “Is the UK the promised land?”and Petroula’s “10 truths on modern migration” – if you can read Greek you will also find a very interesting discussion in the comments section of the later, if you can’t read Greek, then check out [...]

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  • They live among us: The Nostalgic One

    They live among us: The Nostalgic One

    They live among us: Familiar faces in foreign places

    Alexia Polou, reporting from Brussels

    She misses her cat, so once in a while she steals her neighbour’ s cat when she sees her in the courtyard. No, actually that’ s what I do myself, I don’t think anyone else is likely to…

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