Natasha Blatsiou is a writer and independent documentary filmmaker based in Athens, Greece. She currently works as a deputy editor-in-chief for the English-language magazine series GREECE IS and as a journalist for Kathimerini, a leading Greek media group that has a publishing partnership with the International New York Times & Conde Nast International. She has gained extensive experience as a result of her multidisciplinary background. After completing her B.A. in International and European Economics and her M.Sc. in International Relations and Strategy, she worked as a business consultant before embarking on a journalism career. She has worked as a local producer and collaborator on a number of feature stories and more than 30 TV documentaries for international media. Her award-winning short stories were included in anthologies of fiction. In 2014 she attended the documentary summer school of NTFS (London) and directed her first short film Islanders. She was the scriptwriter for Dying for Europe, a documentary trilogy about the migrant crisis that received more than 15 international awards. Her latest collaborative cross media project called THE REFUGE received in the form of a short documentary film an award of excellence at POYi (2020) in the documentary news reporting category and was included in the final selection of interactive shorts of the World Press Photo (2020). The project was also selected for the UNIONDOCS (2017) and ESODOC (2020) training initiatives.
Ahead of joining the MIT Open Documentary Lab, she aspires to be part of a university research environment and experiment with documentary storytelling and new media as a member of a collaborative and interdisciplinary team of scholars, artists and technologists. Her aim is to push her creative multimedia documentary projects into the digital era, by crossing the borders between traditional and digital formats, linear and non-linear narratives and create more democratic and more inclusive storytelling formats that will challenge the single-authored perspective and will tell attention-worthy stories across audiences and generations. She looks forward to telling stories about the everyday lives of ordinary people who fight for change, capturing intimate moments behind larger global issues.