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.
HRAFF is excited to collaborate with Hear My Eyes for a second year at our 10th Anniversary Festival. The Melbourne based creative organisation produces audio-visual events that push the conventions of cinema and sound beyond their traditional forms, pairing films with an original live score performed by local musicians. This event will be a unique and immersive experience.
Fire At Sea will be creatively re-interpreted by Evelyn Ida Morris (Pikelet) who will be performing live and acting as the band leader to a group of musicians specially chosen for this performance. The musicians will be using a variety of instruments from Ethiopia and the Middle-East in an attempt to create a musical mosaic of the cultures represented in the film. Evelyn and the selected musicians will provide a completely original score to accompany the film.