Greek doc sounds alarm from the front line of the climate crisis

Scenes from the documentary illustrate how the once-lush island of Madagascar is turning into a desert from the combined impact of extended drought and massive storms. [Nikos Ziogas]

"For all our family members that might not hear this announcement and the measures to be taken, please inform them by giving them a phone call. We must move to a safer place to protect ourselves from the potential rising waters during this cyclone."

Sound familiar? Perhaps like a different version of the 112 emergency message that has sounded on phones all over Greece these past couple of months?

When journalist Natasha Blatsiou, director of photography Nikos Ziogas and the production manager representing the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) NGO, Mitsi Persani, landed in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, last May, Greeks tended to have a rather vague view of what climate change means: melting ice, seals sunning themselves, heatwaves in London, wildfires in Siberia… Regardless of what picture each person had in mind, it was something...

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