Lampedusa in Winter
Directed by Jakob Brossmann
When the flood of refugees began to cross the Mediterranean, the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa became a projection screen for paranoid xenophobes and a symbol of an inhumane asylum policy. In the winter of 2014, the tourists and media are gone and the inhabitants’ real problems come to the fore: the old ferry, essential for their survival, burnt down and was replaced by an even older one. Because there’s no ferry, waste is piling up and food is running out. In the midst of this tense situation two women, the mayor and a dedicated lawyer, are fighting for humane solutions.
“The film accompanies the daily lives in winter of many simple people who still call all foreign newcomers “turks” in their local dialect that is reminiscent of the early days of piracy. However, they try to care for these “turks” with great humanity” –semainedelacritique.ch
Saturday, April 16th, 5:10pm