Fire at Sea (2016)
“Urgent, imaginative and necessary filmmaking… a film that commands our attention.”
Academy Award nominee and winner of the Berlinale’s prestigious Golden Bear, Fire at Sea is a poetic and haunting portrait of Lampedusa. This small island just off the Italian coast has become both a refuge and grave for tens of thousands of displaced peoples trying to reach mainland Europe. Master documentarian Gianfranco Rosi (Below Sea Level, HRAFF 2010), observes with startling beauty, the intimate ordinary lives of the inhabitants of Lampedusa, including perspectives from both the locals and the newly arrived. This bracing, prize-winning documentary is a timely call for urgent action and compassion for the utterly devastating effect and scale of human tragedy in the refugee crisis.