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Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea
Documentary | 2016 | NR. 1hr 48min
CAST: Samuele Pucillo, Pietro Bartolo, Giuseppe Fragapane DIRECTOR: Gianfranco Rosi TUESDAY FILM SERIES

Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2016, Gianfranco Rosi's incisive, poignant and deeply moving portrait of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa--and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it--is both a masterly work of documentary filmmaking and a timely call for urgent action. Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa has hit headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. After spending months living on the island and engaging with its inhabitants, Rosi accumulated an incredible array of footage, portraying the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders. Focusing on 12-year-old Samuele, as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea, the film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them. The result is a lyrical, poetic and searingly powerful documentary that casts neither judgement nor aspersions, but simply shows the world to the viewer--to utterly devastating effect.

Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature


There will be a panel discussion of Fire at Sea following the 6:50 PM screening. Panelists include Tim Close, Director of Development and Communications, Tacoma Community House; Peggy Herman, AIDNW; and David Duea and John Forseth, Lutheran Social Services NW. Learn More

"'Fire at Sea' is not the documentary you'd expect about the migrant crisis. It's better." - A. O. Scott, NY Times READ THE FULL REVIEW

Fire at Sea is a shining example of journalism fueled by outrage and shaped by free-ranging curiosity.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
A fascinating study in contrasts, "Fire at Sea' shows how the normal and painfully abnormal exist side by side - the horrific and the serene, the tragic and the mundane, global crisis and daily humdrum.
Tom Long, Detroit News
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