Documentary Films | 2018 | 93 minutes
SIFF Says:On Rome’s Via Collatina, the husk of a disused government building stands precariously, threatening to collapse at any moment on Eritrean migrant Aregai Mehari and his aunt. But Aregai only feels relief staying here; he can go by his own name instead of a number on his wrist, no longer sharing three mattresses with eight others at a detention center. Here is but a fleeting stop in one of the harrowing refugee journeys depicted in IT WILL BE CHAOS, following from start to finish the migrations of Aregai and his cousins from Eritrea, and of the Orfahli family from Syria. These migrants find themselves locked in constant zero-sum dilemma, forced each day to forgo a different basic necessity so they can continue their path to asylum. Making matters worse, they find this thinking mirrored in many locals, unwilling to aid migrants in the face of their own economic woes. Slated to air on HBO on World Refugee Day in June, IT WILL BE CHAOS goes beyond statistics to illustrate the impossible decisions people and communities face daily with the ongoing Mediterranean migrant crisis, underscoring the imperative—increasingly less considered with the rise of right-wing populism—for unified international efforts to mitigate this tragedy.
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