Refugee Week Preview: Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare)

Thursday 2nd June 2016

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In collaboration with BFI, Counterpoints Arts presents a Refugee Week Preview of Fire at Sea. Directed by Gianfranco Rosi, Fire at Sea is a powerful and beautifully-shot documentary film focusing on the experiences of Lampedusans as they struggle to deal with the thousands of North African and Middle Eastern refugees arriving daily to the island.

The film won the Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival and marks a new wave in documentary film-making that directly engages with the refugee crisis and its victims, many of whom have perished in the Mediterranean sea.

This documentary follows the life of 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy whose life is entrenched in traditional island culture. It thoughtfully examines to what extent the daily lives of Lampedusans are affected by the arrival of refugees, using the perspective of the island doctor to serve as a bridge between each side.

‘Rosi contrasts the tough but essentially content, settled conditions of the Lampedusans with the terrifying uncertainty experienced by the incomers.’

From the Guardian review of Fire at Sea by Andrew Pulver.

Fire at Sea is a delicate testimony to the struggle of refugees and will provide an important contextualisation of the current refugee crisis ahead of Refugee Week (20th-26th June 2016) as one of many events organised throughout June.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion (guests to be confirmed). Tickets available on the BFI website.

Watch the film’s trailer here.