Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

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Situated some 200km off Italy's southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.

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restrained and honest documentary
18 December 2016 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

a quietly terrifying documentary on the refugee crisis, taking place in lampedusa, an Italian tiny island where thousands of refugees from Africa land frequently. the movie focus on showing the extreme contrast of the calm and uneventful lives of people living in the island, and the drama lived by the refugees, often arriving on tiny ships with hundreds of people, on conditions that looks like what we've read on history books about slave ships.

rosi has a minimalist approach on what he shoots, often restraining himself to one or two shots every scene. the movie is extremely well shot, so much that some shots look like they were staged (this is a compliment). there are a lot of disturbing images with the refugees, as the movie takes us very close to the situation so we can see what's actually happening to those people.

the movie avoids entering the political/economical spectrum of the crisis, because he's giving a humanistic point of view and treating those people as human beings, not numbers. it's a sad movie, but necessary.


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