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Stefania Mizara has worked as a photojournalist for the international press from her Athens base since 2000.
In 2008 she was one of the first journalists to enter the Gaza Strip during the Israeli bombing campaign. Familiar with working alongside activist groups, she collaborated with the Free Burma Rangers for her 2009 story on Burma’s Karen tribe, and with independent solidarity group Platanos during the 2015 Greek refugee crisis on Lesvos.
In autumn 2011, she began work on a web documentary relating to self-organizing structures in Greece reacting to the economic crisis. In 2012, she produced a documentary project in Cairo on women in Muslim society following the Arab spring.
Her work on the rise of the Far Right in Greece, the Muslim Brothers in Egypt and the Gezi social uprising in Turkey in 2013 put her in the center of regional events and saw her work appear in the Nouvel Observateur, VSD, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, La Tribune, Le Parisien and Le Courrier de Geneve).

During the summer of 2011 Athenians went on the streets and occupied Syntagma square for almost three months. They wanted to protest against the agreements that were signed on the austerity measures but soon they discovered that their quest was directed against the political system and the way Greek society is living with it. The...Read...
New Year’s eve in Scala Sycamnias, a small fisherman’s village in the north of Lesvos Island. In the coffee shop on the port, an unusual crowd is gathered around the fireplace. People wearing divers suits, ski jackets, gloves and wool hats, foreigners with dreadlocks, clean shaved sportsmen and middle-aged fishermen all of them having coffee,...Read...
I entered Gaza the 12th of January 2009 late in the evening with a group of doctors. It was my first time entering an active war zone and I was feeling kind of nervous. The feeling of anxiety worsened as a sound of bomb dropping near the bus made us all in the “Gaza city”...Read...
Uprooted minorities, 50 years on the run Mission inside Karen State, Burma Fifty years of civil war against ethnic groups have left Burma one of the poorest countries in the world. The military regime attacks the ethnic minorities, killing thousands, and leaving separated families and millions displaced all around Burma. The Free Burma Rangers (FBR)...Read...
The origins of the shamanic use of ayahuasca, as well as other hallucinogenic plants, go back hundreds perhaps thousands of years. One of the myths of Tukano people from Vaupes region in Colombia says that the first people came from the sky in a serpent canoe and Father Sun promised them a magical drink that...Read...
I met Maya in a Rainbow gathering in Bulgaria. I am Greek, she is Macedonian, our countries have developed some hostility during the last decades but we didn’t care, we liked each other a lot. We spent some quiet days together in the forest. We did the frogs in the river. We did the squirrels...Read...
In Kos island, tourists that come back from nightclubs in the early hours step into immigrants boats arriving from Turkish coast 3,5 miles away. During the day immigrants stroll around the city waiting for their papers to be processed by the police. They rent bikes, sit around the port and take selfies as they feel...Read...
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