Original Title: Coming Ashore Spanish Title: English Title: Coming Ashore Year and month of production: 2018 Length: 10 minutes Production country: Spain Genre: Documentary Language: Spanish Subtitles: Spanish Trailer (link): Web: Facebook:
Coming Ashore is a short multimedia documentary that includes part of the graphic coverage, which lasted a year, of the Eastern Mediterranean migration route by journalists Mikel Konate and Santi Palacios.
Nearly one million people risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean in 2015, aboard precarious plastic or wooden boats, to reach Europe. Some 800,000, from countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, made it across the Aegean Sea, from the Turkish coasts to the Greek islands.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 3,782 people lost their lives in the Mediterranean that same year.
This 10-minute piece combines video, photography and a first-person account to show the unnecessary risk they faced when trying to reach the European coasts in search of refuge, and how many of them lost their lives during the attempt.
Mikel Konate is a Spanish video journalist who has been involved in the media industry since 1999. He became a videojournalist in 2005 and began covering political issues, social movements related to Spanish news in 2008.
Since 2014, his work as a video journalist has focused on migrations, humanitarian issues and conflicts and has been distributed by agencies and media such as Reuters, The Associated Press, CNN, BBC, Euronews or La Sexta, among others. His footage has been used in numerous documentaries, particularly those related to migratory issues and conflicts.
Santi Palacios is a freelance photojournalist born in Madrid, in 1985. Currently based in Barcelona, working worldwide and contributing to international news agencies and media outlets. His work has been published in major newspapers and magazines worldwide and has been recognized with many awards, including World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club or the National Photojournalism Award of Spain 2015 and 2016, among them. One of the six selected talents from Europe in the third edition of the 6x6 talent program by the World Press Photo, 2018.
Also a trained sociologist, focusing his work on migrations, conflicts and environmental issues.