Directed by Gianfranco Rosi
“[Gianfranco Rosi] observes, with humility and precision. Instead of raising awareness, he cultivates alertness. ‘Fire at Sea’ occupies your consciousness like a nightmare, and yet somehow you don’t want it to end.” —New York Times
Poetically rendering the European migrant crisis, Fire at Sea explores life on Lampedusa, the Mediterranean island that has become a point of entry for African refugees into Europe. The film juxtaposes the story of Samuele, a local teenager navigating the everyday challenges of youth, with Italian Navy rescue operations, contrasting the islanders’ lives with the brutal realities faced by the thousands of refugees. Fire at Sea won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. 2016, Italy/France, in Italian with English subtitles, 108 minutes.