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by Gianfranco Rosi


The documentary captures life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis. 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.

international title: Fire at Sea
original title: Fuocoammare
working title: Oltre Lampedusa
country: Italy, France
sales agent: The Party Film Sales
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Gianfranco Rosi
film run: 108'
release date: BE 21/09/2016, FR 28/09/2016, SE 2/09/2016
cinematography by: Gianfranco Rosi
film editing: Jacopo Quadri
producer: Gianfranco Rosi, Donatella Palermo
production: Stemal Entertainment, 21Uno Film, RAI Cinema, Les Films d'Ici, ARTE France Cinéma
backing: Istituto Luce Cinecittà
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Météore Films, Cinéart, Folkets Bio

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