Detroit Film Theatre


FIRE AT SEA

Friday, January 20, 2017

7:00 PM DFT Auditorium

(Italy/2016—directed by Gianfranco Rosi)

The first documentary to ever win the Grand Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele Pucillo, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby is a spectacle that Samuele – and we – cannot look away from: thousands of men, women and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small for their desperate journey. Director Rosi masterfully juxtaposes these realities, and by doing so creates a remarkable third narrative that jolts us into a visceral understanding of the human cost of one of the world’s most urgent historical moments. In Italian with English subtitles. (108 minutes)

“The European migrant crisis has found its cinematic Pietà in Fire at Sea, a powerful, at times shocking but also intensely human documentary.” –Lee Marshall, Screen International

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