FUOCOAMMARE (FIRE AT SEA)
This Golden Bear winner (and European Film Award nominee) is set on Lampedusa, midway between Libya and Sicily. In recent years, the little island has been deluged by a wave of African refugees, and the humanitarian crisis is filtered here through the lives of such bystanders as 12-year-old Samuele Pucillo, whose limited awareness of the newcomers’ plight reflects that of most people outside of frontline rescue personnel. “Gianfranco Rosi’s beautiful, mysterious and moving film is a documentary that looks like a neorealist classic.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.
Discussion following with director Gianfranco Rosi.