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About the Movie
This remarkably timely, eye-opening film charts the death-defying struggle of African migrants as they risk everything to start a new life in Europe. Ayiva (first time actor Koudous Seihon in a revelatory performance) and Abas (Alassane Sy) are close friends from Burkina Faso determined to make it to Italy in order to find work and provide for their families back home. But even after surviving the harrowing journey -- desert bandits, a treacherous sea voyage, arrest -- nothing can prepare the two men for the hostility and violence that awaits them. A gripping tale of survival told with vivid realism, Mediterranea immerses viewers in the heart of a humanitarian crisis that for far too many is a lived reality.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 21
- Fresh: 19
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices its toughness for a swooning, misty-eyed moment of hope.
Fresh: A piercing character study whose narrow view frustrates complete empathy.
Fresh: This is a story packed with the sort of heartbreak and worry that would be hard to sit through were it not for American director Jonas Carpignano's touching, tender narrative skill.
Fresh: This debut feature from director Jonas Carpignano is often both harrowing and moving though this film festival favorite...falls short of some of the similar, and even more tragic, stories that can be heard just by turning on the news.