Documentary Based in Athens Nominated for European Film Award

StopOverThe European Film Academy has chosen three documentaries to compete in the European documentary category at this year’s European Film Awards. One of those films, “Stop-Over,” is about a group of illegal Iranian immigrants stranded and struggling to survive in Athens.

Directed by Kaveh Bakhtiari, “Stop-Over” screened at the Cannes Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and Antenna Documentary Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. After Bakhtiari’s cousin illegally left Iran for Greece, the director took a camera and documented the experience of his family member, as well as others who were looking for a way to cross borders. What they discovered was that crisis-hit Athens was not what they were expecting.

Here’s a look at a clip from the film:

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Other nominees include Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing” and Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture.” The entries were chosen by a committee, including Greek producer Despina Mouzaki, Spanish producer Antonio Saura, and documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (Netherlands) and Jacques Laurent (Belgium).

The films will be submitted to the 2,900 academy members, who will pick a winner. The European Film Awards take place Dec. 7 in Berlin, Germany.