Fire at Sea

2016 İtaly-France, 96′ Color, İtalian-English

Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Cast: Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo, Giuseppe Fragapane

2016 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Award

Refugee tragedy had never been expressed in such a striking and humanitarian way.
With this Golden Bear winner documentary, Gianfranco Rossi tells the story of refugee tragedy through the eyes of the Lampedusa islanders, who witnessed the deadly struggle of millions of refugees in the search of freedom, for 20 years.

Lampedusa is not an island like the others. It is the most symbolic border of Europe crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.
Surrounded by these cruel facts, 12 years old Samuele lives. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. And Dr. Pietro Bartolo is the only doctor on the island and had been present at every landing of rescued migrants for the last thirty years. The greatest achievement of “Fire At Sea” is the fact that it reveals a universe that could convey a sense not only of truth and reality but also of the humanity within, such as the childish world of Sameule and the immense serenity Dr. Bartolo.

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