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About the Movie
An Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first nonfiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, FIRE AT SEA takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Nearby, we bear witness as thousands of men, women, and children risk their lives to make the brutal crossing from Africa. Award-winning filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully juxtaposes these realities, jolting the audience into a new understanding of what is happening in the region, the heavy toll of the migrant crisis, and the price of freedom.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 78
- Fresh: 73
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 7.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Fire at Sea" occupies your consciousness like a nightmare, and yet somehow you don't want it to end.
Fresh: What "Fire at Sea" appears to be and what it is are not the same thing, and it's that difference that makes it a masterful documentary.
Fresh: How do you reconcile trauma like this with the easy rhythms of ordinary life? You don't, Rosi's film tells us, and to do so would be obscene.
Fresh: We feel the bewilderment of the parochial yet decent residents, the helplessness of the well-intentioned yet overwhelmed rescuers, and the anguish and disorientation of the refugees.