New US Trailer for Gianfranco Rosi's Award-Winning Doc 'Fire at Sea'

September 26, 2016
Source: YouTube

Fire at Sea Trailer

"Powerful, at times shocking, but also intensely human." Kino Lorber has debuted the official US trailer for an award-winning documentary called Fire at Sea, or Fuocoammare, from Italy about the migrant crisis affecting Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The doc won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and has played at numerous other film festivals including Telluride, Toronto and New York (coming up). The film is set on an island off the coast of Italy called Lampedusa, one of the places many migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean by boat end up. Fire at Sea was also just selected by Italy as their official entry to the Academy Awards this year, a strong push for this doc to get even more attention. I recently had the chance to see it and wrote that it's a "slow burn, but builds to a bonfire." Highly recommended for doc fans.

Here's the official US trailer for Gianfranco Rosi's documentary Fire at Sea, direct from YouTube:

Fire at Sea Doc Poster

Samuele goes to school, loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom… 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. Fire at Sea is directed by Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi, of Sacro GRA, Below Sea Level, El Sicario previously. The doc first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear. Kino Lorber will release Fire at Sea in select US theaters starting October 21st this fall - find the theater listings here.

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"Powerful, at times shocking, but also intensely human." Reminds me of the movie Gomorrah that I highly recommend.

tarek on Sep 27, 2016


Gommorah was outstanding. Always good to be reminded about ...

shiboleth on Sep 27, 2016


Powerful. Another reason to be happy to live in America.

DAVIDPD on Sep 27, 2016


You need to give your definition of happiness...Not everybody is happy in America,

tarek on Sep 27, 2016


No, I do not. Maybe if you understood context clues you would get it.

DAVIDPD on Sep 27, 2016


Fair enough. Didn't mean to be offensive.

tarek on Sep 27, 2016


Thank you.

DAVIDPD on Sep 27, 2016


I'm not sure if you are right, David. I still see living in Europe much more pleasant and safe than in US and I wouldn't change that for anything. Which, does not have to mean that US is a bad place to be. As for the immigrants, it's their story and faith. And Europe is trying to do something about. It's not always united in this, but it is relentless to remain human. As for those attacks, big ass terrorist attacks, they are helpless cry of people anxious to be recognized for something nobody cares for in Europe. And nobody will. And anxiousness will disappear. Nobody appreciate the way that those terror messages are sent. It's a temporary process that will heal wounds and make society come out better than it is now. On the other side, I see much more social and political turmoil in US and much more deaths than in Europe. Cheers David ...

shiboleth on Sep 27, 2016


People can have different opinions. I just happen to believe in my country quite strongly. Europe's decision to handle the Syrian refugee crisis the way they did will come with serious ramifications.

DAVIDPD on Sep 27, 2016


More than can, people generally do have different opinions. I see no problems there. Some of them might be just wrong. But ok, I also have no problems with your satisfaction regarding your living in US. I strongly feel the same about Europe. Believe me, it can be very relaxed and cool. It definitely is for me and many others I know. You probably have something similar to say about your choice. As for handling or mishandling refugee crisis (not only Syrian, many others, some even from Africa), well, that's long going matter. There will be consequence, mostly good. And besides, some European countries have no choice since they don't have enough people to keep economic circles they intend to maintain (especially Germany and Denmark). So, serious ramifications, yes, but not the bad ones ... Cheers David ...

shiboleth on Sep 28, 2016


I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.

DAVIDPD on Sep 28, 2016


And that's a start ...

shiboleth on Sep 28, 2016


I like your positiveness shiboleth. You're like a bright sunshine in this murky darkness.

tarek on Sep 30, 2016


Test of humanity for Europe. Of course it's dramatic. Big politics and little people. Script written so many times in history. What matters is still fighting for humanity ...

shiboleth on Sep 27, 2016

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