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Fuocoammare (2016)

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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 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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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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Italy | France

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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

Opening Weekend:

€384,633 (Italy), 29 February 2016

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,906, 21 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$114,535, 17 March 2017
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The first documentary to ever win the top award (Golden Bear) at the Berlin International Film Festival. See more »

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Nigerian Refugee: This is my testimony... We could no longer stay in Nigeria. Many were dying. Most were bombed... We flee from Nigeria. We ran to the desert. We went Sahara Desert and many died... Raping and killing many people, and we could not stay. We flee to Libya. And Libya was a city of ISIS. And Libya was a place not to stay... On the journey on the sea, 200 passengers died. They got lost to the sea. A boat was carrying 90 passengers. Only 30 were rescued, and the rest died. Today we are alive...
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I must now have compassion fatigue
9 July 2017 | by emuir-1See all my reviews

I realize that the film was meant to show how the lives of the islanders were impacted by the refugee crisis, but it didn't. The film showed endless footage of a young boy playing, making catapults, pretending to shoot down aircraft? birds? shooting at cactus, getting his eyes tested, and a friend riding his scooter. There was footage of his family life, mama cooking, peeling vegetables, the family eating, mama making a bed. A DJ playing requests, and on, but no scenes of the interaction with the refugees/migrants. We saw the coast guard rescuing dying migrants from overcrowded boats, the immigration people processing them and the doctor examining and talking about them. There was an African migrant screaming like a gospel preacher about the hardships they had endured and those who have died en route, but for all we saw, the residents seemed to live a life apart and are totally unaffected if not unaware of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have ended up on their small island.

The film did show the comfortable orderly lives of the islanders and their comfortable homes, contrasting with the destitution of the migrants who have lost everything - their homes, jobs, family members and face an uncertain future after a hazardous and sometimes deadly journey, but other than the doctor, no one seemed particularly bothered.

Questions which were not answered, where are the migrants getting all the money for the journey, which seems to cost around $10,000 and more. Just the boat trip from Libya to Lampedusa costs between $1,500 and $850 depending on your place in the boat, and seeing as most of the migrants are from Central Africa, getting to Libya must cost ten times more. What are the smugglers doing with all their money which must run into hundreds of millions by now. Where is it being laundered. What is being done to catch the smugglers? Are the migrants really in peril and facing death, or are they being enticed by the people smugglers with false claims of a land of milk and honey. If the latter, why are they not writing (or phoning on the ubiquitous cell phones) to warn their friends and family not to come? Perhaps it is compassion fatigue, but as we saw the dead migrants being unloaded from the tiny overcrowded boat, I was reminded of the cry of 'Bring out your dead' in the days of the plague.


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