• Windows to the world – a New Diaspora photo album

    Windows to the world – a New Diaspora photo album

    A few weeks ago, we asked Greeks living abroad to send us photos with the view from their window, so we would create an album with pictures from all over the world. Their response was spectacular, and we can’t thank them enough for participating. 

    So, what do the Greek ‘neomigrants’ see outside their windows? It is out great pleasure to present our New Diaspora photo collection from three continents, and [...]

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  • 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

    This [...]

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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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  • My very own Greek summer: Symbiosis Lesvos Arts Festival

    My very own Greek summer: Symbiosis Lesvos Arts Festival

    New Diaspora is on a summer break until the end of August, waiting for your very own Greek summer impressions, so we can create yet another collective photo album.

    In the meantime, this is a short video I made as a guest at Symbiosis Lesvos Arts Festival, where I also had the chance to screen two New Diaspora mini documentaries: “The Colony: Skype call” and “Waterlooplein: When gyros met [...]

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  • Living as a crisis exile in France

    Living as a crisis exile in France

    The following interview was initially published in the French magazine Les Inrockuptibles in February 2012.

    Eleni, 33 years old, Economics graduate, childcare 

    “I used to work as a manager at a hospital in Athens. Being unemployed for almost a year I was about to lose my unemployment benefit. I decided to come to Paris because I had some friends here, and that seemed more important to me than the fact I did not speak the language. [...]

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  • A Greek coffee shop in Brussels

    A Greek coffee shop in Brussels

    by Anastasia Christidou

    For the last two-and-a-half years I’ve been a volunteer at Discovering Network asbl, an NGO based in Brussels, with a vision of promoting Greek products and Greek entrepreneurship, gastronomy and culture abroad, as well as networking people in Greece and Belgium. Discovering Network also supports philanthropy in every way. This was the second year that event profits were given to Make-A-Wish Greece (and Belgium too), making the wishes [...]

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  • We are all migrants, and we always have been

    We are all migrants, and we always have been

    The following article was originally published on The Critique

    According to international scientific consensus, our species first originated in Africa around 150,000 years ago. 60,000 years ago, the first Homo Sapiens set foot in the Middle East, and 20,000 years later they reached Europe. Here they came in contact with the Neanderthals, the only genuine natives of the continent. It didn’t go well. It took about 20,000 years [...]

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  • SYMBIOSIS: Lesvos Welcomes the World

    SYMBIOSIS: Lesvos Welcomes the World

    by Lida Aslanidou

    A Greek expat returns home and welcomes the world to SYMBIOSIS -  a big celebration of solidarity, multiculturalism, open dialogue and cultural exchange.

    SYMBIOSIS Lesvos Arts Festival was the epiphany of a moment – or the result of many, scattered thoughts that were going round in circles in my head for a few years now.

    I was planning my own Brexit for sometime now – [...]

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  • From GR2UK: A dark day

    From GR2UK: A dark day

    I am angry. Even more than that, however, I am disappointed. Disappointed by the country I chose as my new home. Because I believed that the people here were progressive, they were sensible; capable to see beyond the easy and idiotic propaganda of Euroscepticism and adventurers like Farage and Boris. The lies however have won. Paradoxically, when no one saw it coming really, it was once again proved that stupidity is truly invincible. I do not imply that those [...]

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  • Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

    Pretty Village, Pretty Flame

    by Sofia Gkiousou Originally published on stuffbysofia.com, 17 June 2016

    I remember the siege of Dubrovnik, have I ever mentioned that? I was 11 at the time, safe in the knowledge that food was being cooked, the school would be there the next morning and my sister would fall asleep before me so that I could read my book under the duvet. The city burning was like something out of one of my books. [...]

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  • Artemis will be editing Greek short film “37 Days” in Austin, Texas

    Artemis will be editing Greek short film “37 Days” in Austin, Texas

    Artemis Anastasiadou was already an accomplished film editor before she decided to leave her country. Having previously edited most episodes of the popular Greek TV series The Island, Artemis moved to Austin, Texas about a year ago, in order to study film directing. That’s where she is soon going to be remotely editing 37 Days, a short film by her friend Nikoleta Leousi.

    The film is about a pregnant girl on a “birth strike”. Maria works at a nail salon. She’s [...]

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  • ICAP: Young Talented Greeks working abroad – 2016

    ICAP: Young Talented Greeks working abroad – 2016

    The results of the original survey by ICAP Advisory on the reversal of the brain drain phenomenon were successfully presented on Wednesday, May 25th 2016 at the 2nd Human Capital Summit. 

    This is the second year this survey is taken, with the participation of 853 Greek living abroad: 71% of them are highly skilled  (72% have a Master’s degree or PhD), up to 35 years old and without family obligations. From the people who participated in last year’s survey, 40% of this year’s [...]

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  • Your very own Greek summer

    Your very own Greek summer

    Summer is here, and lots of Greeks living abroad are returning home for a quick (or sometimes extended) vacation. Will you be visiting your place of origin, revisiting  your favourite summer destination or exploring something new? 

    As we did with our Windows of the world album, we are asking the members of our global community to contribute their photo stories from Greek summer 2016. Beaches, mountains, landmarks, sunsets, delicacies and happy moments with or without good [...]

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  • LoveGreece stories: Steve Vranakis

    LoveGreece stories: Steve Vranakis

    Steve Vranakis has had an impressive career in advertising as a creative director and now he is the Executive Creative Director at Google Creative Lab.

    His team in Google has launched some of the campaigns that have changed the way we perceive the world, such as Google Space Lab, the Chrome Web Lab, the Super Sync Sports and The World Wonders Project.

    Also, he and his team work hard to ensure that [...]

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  • In Search of Europe

    In Search of Europe

    Back in June 2015, I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Lucas De Man, a multi-talented Belgian director, performer and journalist, who was shooting at the time a 50 minute documentary film with the title In Search of Europe, meeting modern visionaries. 

    Being the founder and creative director of New Diaspora, I had the opportunity to discuss with Lucas the causes and implications of the ‘Greek brain drain’ phenomenon, as well as my vision for a participatory [...]

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