Fire at Sea

Gianfranco Rosi is an Italian documentarian whose previous work has taken him to the Ganges River, the California desert and inside the Mexican drug trade. “Fire at Sea” is the fruit of an extended sojourn on Lampedusa, an island that, while part of Italy, is closer to Tunisia than to Sicily. Recently, it has become the landing spot for boatloads of refugees
and other migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This is a hard, empathetic look at reality, which contains wonders as well as horrors.