Fire at Sea

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2016 | 108 minutes | Rated NR

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Eritrean-Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi shot his fifth documentary, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), with such care that it often feels more like a narrative feature than a nonfiction film (Rosi also served as cinematographer and sound man). Then again, there's something alien and strange about the rocky terrain of Lampedusa, an Italian island 70 kilometers from the African coast that has admitted more than 400,000 refugees. Like the Cuban exiles who have sunk beneath the waves while rafting toward the American dream, 15,000 refugees have perished over 20 years while attempting to cross the Strait of Sicily.

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Film Credits
Director
Gianfranco Rosi
Cast
Maria Costa, Samuele Pucillo, Pietro Bartolo, Samuele Caruana, Francesco Paterna, Francesco Mannino