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Festival in Media
Section: Bios Politikos
Country: Italy /France
Year: 2016



108 min, color

Director Gianfranco Rosi Screenplay Gianfranco Rosi, Carla Cattani Cinematographer Gianfranco Rosi Cast Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo, Giuseppe Fragapane, Maria Signorello, Francesco Paterna, Francesco Mannino, Maria Costa

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.

Stemal Entertainment, 21uno Film, Istituto Luce Cinecittà S.p.A., Rai Cinema, Les Films d'Ici, ARTE France Cinéma
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Gianfranco Rosi


Gianfranco Rosi was born in Asmara, Eritrea. He studied film at New York University and directed the documentaries Boatman (1993), Below Sea Level (2008), El Sicario, Room 164 (2010), and Sacro GRA (2013). Fire at Sea (2016) is his latest film.












1993 Boatman (Documentary)

2001 Afterwords (Short)

2008 Below Sea Level (Documentary)

2010 El Sicario, Room 164 (Documentary)

2012 Tanti futuri possibili. Con Renato Nicolini (Documentary short)

2013 Sacro GRA (Documentary)

2016 Fire at Sea (Documentary)