Directed by

Javi Julio

Country of Origin






Stella Maris Berria was the name of a tuna fishing boat meant to be scrapped. At least, until Iñigo Mijangos and Iñigo Gutiérrez —members of Basque NGO Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario— come up with an odd idea: convert it into a rescue boat for saving refugees from drowning in the Mediterrenean Sea. And that’s how Aita Mari is born.
‘Aita Mari’ tells the two-year-long odyssey of this ship, from its reconstruction until its first rescue.

Director Biography – Javi Julio

‘Aita Mari’ has been directed by Javi Julio (Donostia, 1978). Although he comes from the social education field, Javi redirected his career to journalism more than ten years ago. Photography became his main way of personal and professional development. Actually, he has published as a photojournalist in well-respected media as The Guardian, El País or Euronews.