This programme is part of the festival Forum on European Culture, 17 – 20 September in Amsterdam.
Fuocoammare (English: Fire at Sea, 2016) is an Italian documentary film directed by Gianfranco Rosi. It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Samuele, 12 years old, lives on an island in the Mediterranean. Like all boys his age, he wants to have fun, climb the rocks and hang out in the harbour. But his island is not like the other islands. It is Lampedusa, which has become the European destination of the men, women and children who cross the Mediterranean in far too small and sparse boats. These people are looking for peace, freedom or just happiness, but often it is their bodies that are fished out of the sea. Every day the islanders witness one of the greatest human tragedies of our time.
Come see Fuocoammare at De Balie, Saturday September 19th at 12.30.