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Fire at Sea (2016)

Fuocoammare (original title)
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Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Director:

Gianfranco Rosi

Writers:

Gianfranco Rosi, Carla Cattani (idea)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Samuele Pucillo Samuele Pucillo ... Himself
Mattias Cucina Mattias Cucina ... Himself
Samuele Caruana Samuele Caruana ... Himself
Pietro Bartolo Pietro Bartolo ... Himself
Giuseppe Fragapane Giuseppe Fragapane ... Himself
Maria Signorello Maria Signorello ... Herself
Francesco Paterna Francesco Paterna ... Himself
Francesco Mannino Francesco Mannino ... Himself
Maria Costa Maria Costa ... Herself
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Storyline

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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

18 February 2016 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Mare nostrum See more »

Filming Locations:

Lampedusa, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$120,933

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,178,377
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Italy for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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Pietro Bartolo: The Mediterranean is not a sea that divides, but a sea that unites. It unites peoples, continents, it unites different lands, it unites these people who bring us new experiences. They bring us their culture, but also their kindness, because these are good people and they are not sick. They're not terrorists, and they don't want to steal anyone's job. They just want some peace, to live with dignity, without the fear of dying from one moment to the next.
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Not your typical documentary. So watch it.
5 July 2018 | by Movies505See all my reviews

Many action movies, rom-coms, sci-fi movies, and documentaries are formulaic. Not so with "Fire at Sea." There are no voice overs by elderly Hollywood actors, or dry commentary by hardcore journalists.

Writer/director Giafranco Rosi tells his story by contrasting and comparing young Samuele's - a local inhabitant on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa - "speed bumps" with the plight of African, Asian, and Middle Eastern refugees as overcrowded boats of them stop near Lampedusa until the Italian Coast Guard can rescue, help, triage, or mark them for burial.

Rosi uses both beautiful, poignant, and graphic scenes to engage the viewer throughout. No loud-mouthed protestors with bull horns or offensive signs in this movie. No politics. Just two stories intertwined to help educate, enlighten, and perhaps to teach tolerance and compassion.

Most impressive - the Italian Coast Guard. Their job is relentless, dangerous, and I am sure... Satisfying. They should be sainted!


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