Production: IT 2016
Lampedusa is a small village between Africa and Europe. Its territory belongs to Italy. Each year over 150 thousand refugees from Africa hit its shore, people who seek escape from war and hunger. Many of them do not reach their destination. The rotted-through makeshift boats and rafts drown, taking the lives of hundreds of people. Rosi observes the life on the island without judging the attitude of the immigrants or of those deciding their fate (some of them, usually inhabitants of Tunisia, will be sent back to their homeland). The director is interested in who the people coming to Lampedusa are. He gives his attention both to Africans and to the indigenous people. He juxtaposes both groups’ problems as well as their priorities. The film received the Golden Bear at Berlinale 2016.