The Other Half

The dark crossings of European borders

The Other Half For 15 years Greek photojournalist, Giorgos Moutafis, bears witness to the journey of migrants across the dark crossings of European borders. Futility, death and exhaustion represents a large part of his work, as he finds new angles on this well-trodden terrain. His camera delves into inaccessible places, intimately documenting the stories of people who push against boundaries, revealing how 'the Other Half' lives.


Festivals and Awards

Laurel Thessaloniki Documentary Festival | Youth Special Jury Award 2022 | Winner
Laurel Beyond Borders International Documentary Festival | Best Greek Documentary Award 2022 | Winner
Laurel International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra | Best Greek Documentary Award 2022 & Best Cinematography Award 2022 | Winner
Laurel Aegan Docs | Honorary Distinction
Laurel Chania Film Festival | Official Selection 2022


Reviews and More  The Other Half
(2022) on IMDb

" It is edited with urgency and undeniable emotion…” – Cineuropa

Interview with Giorgos Moutafis Variety

"A dozen years of photo-journalism on the frontlines of Fortress Europe are condensed into 72 briskly engrossing minutes ” – Screendaily

The Producers


Giorgos Moutafis - Director
Giorgos, born in Athens, Greece (1977) had his first encounter with photography at the 18+ Photography Team in 2006. He studied photography in Focus school and Digital Film Making in SAE Athens.

During the last years he has documented the most severe humanitarian crises and conflicts in more than 25 countries all over the world covering the Middle East, Balkans, Africa and Latin America. His work has been published in Reuters, Newsweek, TIME, LIBERATION, Al Jazeera, BILD, New Yorker, CNN and the BBC among others.

He has dedicated the last fifteen years to a long-term project on migration, focusing on the perilous European paths that migrants follow.

Today, Giorgos, based in Athens, works as a freelancer photojournalist and filmmaker.








Georgia Bempelou - Editing

Georgia Bempelou has been working in the field of documentaries and feature films since 2004.
Her works such as Chip & Ovi (2008), New Life (2016), To Another Life (2017), Silent Fish (2019) and The Other Half (2021) traveled to festivals around the world recieving very good reviews.

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