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Fire at Sea | Still: Courtesy of Calgary International Film Festival

Fire at Sea

March's Doc Soup offers poignant look at this ongoing humanitarian crisis

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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A masterly work of documentary filmmaking and a timely call for urgent action, March’s Doc Soup offering is a poignant look at the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.

Join the Calgary International Film Festival and Hot Docs this March as it continues its season of the most anticipated and acclaimed documentaries. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2016 Academy Awards and winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Fire at Sea is a deeply moving portrait of Lampedusa and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it.

With more than 17,000 people dying while attempting to cross the Mediterranean in the last 15 years, the island is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. The documentary sets the migrants’ dangerous crossing against a background of the islanders’ everyday life.

Fire at Sea screens at 7:00pm on March 1, 2017 at Cineplex Eau Claire (200 Barclay Parade SW).