It's time to tell our own part of the story.
New Diaspora is an independent web documentary movement, focusing on the new generation of Greeks living abroad during the crisis in their homeland.
The main narrative drive is a short documentary series directed by Nicolas Stamboulopoulos, who lives and works in Amsterdam since October 2009. The documentaries will be thematically categorized (cultural shock, nostalgia, employment opportunities, stereotypes and discrimination, political instability, etc), allowing for a diverse mixture of Greeks all over the world to share their views and reflect on their personal experiences.
This is an expanding and ongoing project. The more funding we can get, the further we can travel in order to record the stories of this unprecedented migration phenomenon. Hopefully, we'll manage to reach expatriate Greeks in all five continents.
At the same time, New Diaspora is crowd building an online community, where Greeks and non-Greeks alike can share their own content and opinions. Documenting themselves on video, sending pictures, writing open letters and articles, as well as implementing creative ideas that relate to the subject of our platform. Infographics, comics, mobile apps and all sorts of interactive means of communicating with an international audience.
Beginning our journey from what unites us instead of what divides us, our aim is to intervene jointly and dynamically in the public debate concerning what’s happening in our homeland. Also, to redefine our common identity and to offer an alternative perspective on the international image of Greeks.
Further than that, we intend to apply political pressure for matters that are important to us. Like our fundamental right to vote from abroad, like almost everyone else in the world does.
In addition, New Diaspora is a collective statement: No matter how far we live from our country and for how long, we will always stand by the ones we left behind. That’s why we have decided to donate 5% of our crowdfunding income to The Greek Medecins du Monde.
So far, our project has been entirely self-funded. It's taken us almost two years to develop it, and it's going to take about a year until we complete the first cycle of our mini documentary webisodes. We have fees to pay to a number of people, equipment and international travel costs, web design and maintenance, community and content management, and all sorts of legal, administrative and accounting expenses involved in the process. Still, we try to keep our budget as low as possible, because what's most important in this journey is the fact we are all together in the same boat.
In order to make this happen and keep it going, we’ll need to apply for state and EU subsidies, and also attract private sponsors. Preferably without resorting to an overload of adds and pop-ups invading our website.
Selling our documentaries to TV broadcasters is not really an option, since they would object to the free and unrestricted availability of our online content.
*Indiegogo commission includes credit card costs.
Let's make this happen.