The first documentary to ever win the top award on the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has develop into a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, mountaineering rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women, and children seeking to continue to exist the crossing from Africa in boats which are too small for any such journey. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rose masterfully places these realities side by side, and in so doing creates a remarkable third narrative that jolts us into a new understanding of what’s in reality happening in the Mediterranean nowadays.
Special Features: Booklet essay by film historian Alberto Zambenedetti, Interview with director Gianfranco Rosi, Interview with Dr. Pietro Bartolo, NYFF Q&A with Gianfranco Rosi