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Samuele is twelve and lives on an island in the Mediterranean, far away from the mainland. Like all boys of his age he does not always enjoy going to school. He would much rather climb the rocks by the shore, play with his slingshot or mooch about the port. But his home is not like other islands. For years, it has been the destination of men, women and children trying to make the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small and decrepit. The island is Lampedusa which has become a metaphor for the flight of refugees to Europe, the hopes, hardship and fate of hundreds of thousands of emigrants. These people long for peace, freedom and happiness and yet so often only their dead bodies are pulled out of the water. Thus, every day the inhabitants of Lampedusa are bearing witness to the greatest humanitarian tragedy of our times. Gianfranco Rosi's observations of everyday life bring us closer to this place that is as real as it is symbolic, and to the emotional world of some of its inhabitants who are exposed to a permanent state of emergency. At the same time his film, which is commentary-free, describes how, even in the smallest of places, two worlds barely touch.

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Based on 11 Fire at Sea reviews, Fire at Sea gets an average review score of 84.
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www.nytimes.comDVD
Fire at Sea occupies your consciousness like a nightmare, and yet somehow you don’t want it to end.
93d ago
5/5
www.theguardian.comVOD
In this stellar documentary, Gianfranco Rosi contrasts the lives of the desperate thousands landing on the shores of a Sicilian island with the everyday existence of the locals.
93d ago
4/4
www.slantmagazine.comBlu-ray
It initiates a narrative that probes the fundamental gap between wanting to help and actually being able to do so.
93d ago
90/100
www.villagevoice.comDVD
There are two distinct movies in Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea , and you could say that somewhere in between them lies the real one.
93d ago
90/100
www.wsj.comBlu-ray
A stirring documentary about the migrant crisis plays out on a Sicilian island just 70 miles from North Africa.
93d ago
B/A+
theplaylist.netVOD
“Fire at Sea” is two films, either one of which is astonishing, powerful and human. But the difference in scale and perspective they are accorded means that taken together they ...
93d ago
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