Italy's official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film!

Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea is one of the year’s most compelling documentaries. The Italian island of Lampedusa has long been the destination of men, women, and children making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from Africa, fleeing conflicts, famine, and drought. This observational approach from Gianfranco Rosi (El Sicario; Room 164) chronicles the unlikely coexistence of recently arrived refugees with the island’s residents.

“Not investigative journalism, it is a deeply contemplative, carefully constructed record of events as they occur. Rosi allows audiences to make up their own minds about what they are seeing. The two realities are kept mostly separate, the former quiet and quotidian, the latter dramatic and emotional. Amidst global refugee crises, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) is a magnificent intercession by a filmmaker who points no fingers, nor sets out to analyze the reasons why.” —2016 Toronto International Film Festival

Read an interview with the filmmaker.

Watch Meryl Streep introduce the film in New York.

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Fire at Sea made the Best Documentary Feature Oscar short list!

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Gianfranco Rosi
in English and Italian with English subtitles
Running Time
108 minutes
Digital, Color