About Fire at Sea

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Gianfranco Rosi’s beautiful, mysterious, and moving film is a documentary that looks like a neorealist classic. It is a portrait of Lampedusa, the Sicilian island where desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East arrive each year hoping for a new life in Europe: 400,000 in the last 20 years. Around its coast, thousands are drowned or dragged dead from their grotesquely unsafe inflatables—burned or poisoned by fumes from the diesel their craft have been forced to be refueled with mid-journey in choppy seas. Lampedusa has quietly become the tragic epicenter of the migrant experience: part holding tank, part cemetery. (2K DCP Presentation)

Fire at Sea will also screen on January 13 and 15, 2017 as part of the International Arthouse Series.

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