MIFF: Fire at Sea



A documentary of the island of Lampedusa, a small Sicilian island with a population of 6000, and a major highway to Europe for tens of thousands of refugees who arrive on boats daily.

"Fire at Sea" is a long and contrasting view of the atrocious travel conditions of refugees against the picturesque lifestyle of the residents. While it provides a fascinating insight into the continuous population of arrivals, the message of this film is confused when enveloped by the banality of the local stories. A boy plays with a slingshot, a Nonna cooks pasta, a radio DJ plays a song request... these quieter scenes are cute and charming, but overly distract from the true mission when they dominate the screen time. Lost at Sea.

Anthony Macali

MIFF 2016
108 mins