The events of the film unfold during the development of the migrant crisis in Europe, on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, once a supply point used by pirates and now serving as the “gateway” to Europe for hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants from Northern Africa. Rosi spent several months on the island, documenting the history, cultural, and everyday lives of local residents as they come into contact with the steady stream of incomers, arriving in overflowing boats in the hopes of beginning a new life, over a period of many years. Despite regular rescue operations, thousands of migrants perish every year off the island’s shores.
A documentary film by Italian director Gianfranco Rosi, and recipient of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
In 2013, Gianfranco Rosi was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for “Sacro GRA.”
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