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Festival Diary » PEARLS
Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Gianfranco Rosi won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2013 with his previous film Sacro GRA, and the Golden Bear in Berlin this year with Fuocoammare which he is currently presenting in the Pearls section. The film portrays the tragedy of the migrants who are washed up on the shores of Lampedusa but aims to focus on the island itself by following the everyday existence of Samuele, a twelve-yearold boy, which led him to a different Lampedusa than the one that usually appears in the media.

One striking aspect of the film is that it shows that the locals are generally supportive of the immigrants and reserve their anger for the media, who are unwelcome because they have stigmatised the situation on the island throughout these years. When Rosi asked the doctor who appears in the film about this he replied: “We’re a fishing village and so we accept anything that comes from the sea.” He thought this was a beautiful quote that defined the bonds of solidarity between the migrants and the islanders.


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