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Simulacrum x Uitkijk: Fire at Sea

Regisseur: Gianfranco Rosi
Met: Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana
Gesproken taal: Italiaans, Engels
Ondertiteling: Engels
Info: 2016 | 114 min.
Vertoning: woensdag 23 januari om 21:00
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Fire at Sea

On 23 January, arts and culture magazine Simulacrum, together with film theater De Uitkijk will show the Italian documentary Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea).

Following the first publication of this academic year, surrounding the theme Action/Reaction, on this evening we will explore how film can also lead to a change in perspective or spark action. 

The documentary Fire at Sea (2016), from Gianfranco Rosi, is a powerful illustration of this. In a cinematic way, Rosi portrays the Italian island Lampedusa. On this island of less than 20 square kilometers have landed in the last 20 years more than 400.000 refugees, of which thousands lost their lives during their journey over sea.

Fire at Sea juxtaposes the terrifying uncertainty experienced by the refugees with the conditions of daily life of the population on Lampedusa. Scenes depicting a young boy named Samuele, who plays with his slingshot and slurps his pasta, are followed by scenes that depict the reality of the refugees. The two storylines almost seem to play out in different worlds, making the viewing experience an unsettling one. How to react to a crisis that is playing out on the border of Europe? And what is my place within this story?

Prior to the documentary, Jeff Diamanti, teacher in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam, will give a short introduction to the documentary.