Beginning on December 8th at 7:30pm, “Fire at Sea”, the newest film from acclaimed Italian director, Gianfranco Rosi, and winner of the 2016 Berlinale Golden Bear will be making its Seattle premiere. The film centers on Samuele, a young boy who lives on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, which is the closest European landmass to Libya and Tunisia. While Samuele’s life follows a steady pattern of going to school and hanging with friends, everything around him speaks to the thousands of men, women and children who, for the past 20 years, have braved the ocean to Lampedusa in search of freedom. Simultaneous to following Samuele and other residents around the island, Gianfranco Rosi documents a few of the many horrifyingly conditioned boats that wash ashore, as migrants finally reach land after a harrowing journey. The two worlds, that of the newly arrived refugees, adrift and traumatized, and the timeless Sicilian locals, shaped by generations of devotion to the sea and the church, have little interaction, but are powerfully linked.
We hope you’ll join NW film Forum and Il Punto! for this beautiful and timely documentary that explores the complex impact of the refugee crisis both on the refugees themselves and the Italian locals who come to share their home.
You can learn more about the event and buy tickets on our website: http://nwfilmforum.org/live/page/calendar/4140
and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697493190578848/
Northwest Film Forum is located at 1515 12th Ave between Pike & Pine in Capitol Hill. Phone number is (206) 329-2629. We hope to see you at the theater!