Light on the sea


Apr 23 2018



Inside the Fight to Help Refugees in Lesbos, Ground Zero for Europe’s Migrant Crisis, the Greek island of Lesbos is the gateway to fortress Europe for many of those fleeing war and poverty amid the ongoing refugee crisis. There, an international group of aid workers and volunteers seeks to help refugees in their journey onward. As their efforts come under ever-increasing pressure from both European and Turkish authorities, the island’s days as an international threshold may be numbered, report journalists and filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton.

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Micah Garen is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has worked in conflict and post-conflict zones for the past 14 years. Most recently, he has directed five feature length films for Al Jazeera English one of which won a Golden Nymph for Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2014.His work has been published in Al Jazeera English, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Newsweek and the Financial Times, among others. His recent short film about the refugee crisis, Light on the Sea, launched in March on Vanity Fair. His short film from Afghanistan, Call Me Ehsaan, was a New York Times Op-Doc editor’s choice and screened at festivals. Micah filmed the “Christmas Eve Raid” scene in Iraq that was part of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911.


In 2004, Micah and his interpreter Amir, were kidnapped while filming in Nasiriyah. They were held for ten days before being released. Their story is chronicled in the dual-memoir with Marie-Hélène, American Hostage, published by Simon & Schuster in 2005. The memoir received starred reviews on both Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly.

Micah co-founded in 2015.