Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa has made headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. After spending months living on the island and engaging with its inhabitants, Rosi accumulated an incredible array of footage, portraying the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders. Focusing on 12-year-old Samuele, as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea, the film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the people of Lampedusa and the events that surround them.


April 01 2:45 pm
Sala Mastercard - Teatro Balboa
April 05 7:30 pm
Sala CopaAirlines Cinépolis Multiplaza - Sala 6
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Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi was born in Asmara, Eritrea in 1964. During the country’s war of independence he was evacuated without his family to Italy in 1977. He studied at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. His graduation film Boatman (1993) screened at festivals including Sundance, Locarno, Toronto and Amsterdam. His documentary about Rome, Sacro Gra, won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2013.