Fire at sea

DVD - 2017 | Italian
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Samuele is twelve years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, and loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women, and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others, its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last twenty years in search of freedom.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (10 pages)
4 3/4 in.,stamping
digital,optical,stereo,surround,Dolby Digital 2.0,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,region 1
DVD video
Alternative Title: Fuoco am mare
Fire at sea
Call Number: DVD 325.4 FUO


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Jan 10, 2019

This docudrama has received rave reviews in the international film circle. I think it is a good film, but a flawed one. Director Rosi tried to juxtapose the plight of the African migrants with the daily, mundane routine of a few residents of the island of Lampedusa, but the comparison appears totally disjoint to me. As well, the film is too drawn out at places. With some good editing, it can be cut down to below 90 minutes (now at almost 2 hours) to tell a more compelling story. Still, it is worth watching just to get a glimpse of the deplorable situation, of how people would risk their lives to flee their countries to head toward danger and the unknown. Subtitles.

Apr 02, 2018

There is irony in the boy playing at war while, seemingly unknown to him, refugees are coming to his little island to escape from the worst depravities caused by war. It is all done without heavy-handed moralizing or even any narration. This horrifying and heart-breaking film should be seen by all right-wing anti-immigrant conspiracy theorists, though the doctor in the film states (in the special features) that it should not become a way to placate our conscience either, without any action. Deeply disturbing, very interesting at the same time (if you can watch it from afar, so to speak) and it needs to be seen.

Dec 09, 2017

Quietly informative and moving presentation of the Mediterranean migrant/refugee crisis without the usual social/cultural/political buttons pushed or any lecturing. As it depicts the reality that faces Italy and the small fishing island off Sicily, the film makes it obvious that it is a world wide impact between the haves and have-nots of the world, even if the haves, have very little and worked hard for it.
The film does not show the actual interaction, but rather the separate circumstance of each side and the admirable work by the rescuers in between. Still, one cannot help but think of the issues that will arise with everyone at different levels of life circumstances. The problem is overwhelming, and while there is not an hint of how or if it can be solved, here at least we see it is being handled, an individual at a time, and that is a story worth watching.

Sep 12, 2017

KCLS patron "Smokie" has an excellent review! This is not an easy movie to explain. It is a documentary which shows how a small island and it's inhabitants become the lifeline to so many groups of people fleeing oppressive countries. At the same time, it is the story of a small boy and his family on the island. It is amazing to me how it all works without narration!

Jul 10, 2017


May 29, 2017

Without narration, this film can be slow in parts and puzzling as to why various disparate scenes relate to one another. However, there are many memorable/educational scenes and one can get the general idea of the overriding intent from the almost two hour viewing. What was very helpful in appreciating this movie and the immigrant experience was an extra with the Director and Doctor of the Hospital of Lampedusa, Pietro Bartolo. He provided a very disturbing and often first-hand description of the immigrant suffering, very particularly the women, as well as about how he became involved in the movie and one scene added post-production, and the intent and working style of the "Maestro," Gianfranco Rosi. Golden Bear at 2016 Berlin Film Festival.

May 26, 2017

There is an interesting juxtaposition of everyday Italian village life-at times rather mundane and slow-and the plight of migrants whom they help.

Apr 11, 2017

This is a very interesting documentary about the island of Lampedusa, its residents and the migrants who arrive by sea from Africa. I was struck by the kindness of the migrants and those who care for them.


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