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Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards The first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, FIRE AT SEA takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey­. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi 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 is really happening in the Mediterranean today.

  • Director: Gianfranco Rosi
  • Country: Italy
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Year: 2016
  • Run Time: 01:54:00
  • imdb Score: 7.1/10 (2,237 votes)
  • Language: Italian,English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Samuele Pucillo, Maria Costa, Pietro Bartolo
"What FIRE AT SEA appears to be and what it is are not the same thing, and it's that difference that makes it a masterful documentary."
Kenneth Turan - L.A. TIMES

"FIRE AT SEA occupies your consciousness like a nightmare, and yet somehow you don’t want it to end."
A.O. Scott - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"We feel the bewilderment of the parochial yet decent residents, the helplessness of the well-intentioned yet overwhelmed rescuers, and the anguish and disorientation of the refugees."
David Lewis - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

AWARDS

Academy Awards USA 2017
Best Documentary Feature - Nomination

Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2016
Golden Berlin Bear, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Amnesty International Film Prize

European Film Awards 2016
Best European Documentary

International Documentary Association 2016
Best Cinematography

And more...

FESTIVALS

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2016

Telluride Film Festival 2016

Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2016

Sydney Film Festival 2016

Skopje Film Festival 2016

DocAviv Film Festival 2016

Moscow Int'l Film Festival 2016

New Zealand Int'l Film Festival 2016

Melbourne Int'l Film Festival 2016

New York Film Festival 2016

Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2016

Philadelphia Int'l Film Festival 2016

Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2017

And many more...