Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare)
(Gianfranco Rosi, 2016, 114 min, Italy/France, in English and Italian w/ English subtitles, Color, DVD)
-- Q&A to follow with Reuters photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi
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.
-- “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
-- “Fire at Sea is a shining example of journalism fueled by outrage and shaped by free-ranging curiosity.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
-- “We feel the bewilderment of the parochial yet decent residents, the helplessness of the well-intentioned yet overwhelmed rescuers, and the anguish and disorientation of the refugees.” – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
About the speaker:
Darrin Zammit Lupi is an acclaimed Reuters photographer who started his photography career with The Malta Independent in 1992. The Societies for Photographers in the UK named him Overall Photographer of the Year for 2016, Media Photographer of the Year for 2013, Documentary Photographer of the Year for 2014 and Street Photographer of the Year for 2016. In recent years, he covered the South-East Asia tsunami tragedy, the refugee crisis during the war in Kosovo, issues related to the Millennium Development Goals (with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS) in various parts of Africa, the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, the war in Libya, the Costa Concordia disaster and several other national and international assignments.
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Sponsors: The Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), Humanities Futures, the Human Rights Archive, Trent Foundation, and AMES Presents. This year's Rights! Camera! Action! film series is coordinated with See/Think/Act, which examines how visual culture intersects with human rights.