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Fire at Sea(Fuocoammare)

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Italy, France · 2016
1h 48m
Director Gianfranco Rosi
Starring Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo
Genre Documentary

Shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, and sets the migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders.

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Marina Dalarossa Profile picture for Marina Dalarossa

The film's silent "show not tell" style can be read as a sharp indictment of the moral and political apathy surrounding the migrant crisis as Rosi juxtaposes the daily lives of migrants with those of locals.

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Fire at Sea is a film that expertly plays with contrasting moments and themes.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Where journalism leaves off, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) begins. It takes a unique documentary filmmaker like Gianfranco Rosi to capture the drama through the periscope of his camera focused on the small Sicilian island of Lampedusa.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Rosi has long been drawn to quiet lives, but has never been quite so successful in conveying the soulful qualities he sees in them to his audience — until now, using the oblique approach of Lampedusa’s residents to spotlight this growing international crisis, while using his young protagonist’s obliviousness to reflect and indict our own.

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