Lampedusa in Winter

Lampedusa in Winter

Lampedusa in Winter

2015, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, 52', 58', 93', Jakob Brossmann

2015, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, 52', 58', 93', Jakob Brossmann

Lampedusa in Winter


The Italian “refugee island” of Lampedusa is in the firm grip of winter tristesse. The Tourists have left, the remaining refugees fight to be taken to the mainland.

As a fire destroys the worn down ferry, that connects the island to Italy, the mayor Giusi Nicolini and the local fishermen struggle for a new ship. While the refugees are finally transferred by plane, the fishermen occupy the port in order to protest. The island is isolated and as food supplies run out the protesters start to disagree with each other. The coast guard tries to prevent the tragedies of the upcoming season out in the sea, while many islanders try to describe the role of Lampedusa to the never ending stream of reporters that step by on the island.

The tiny community at the edge of Europe is engaged in a desperate fight for dignity, and for solidarity with those who many consider the cause of the ongoing crisis: the African boat people.

Golden Boccalino Award at Locarno Film Festival 2015, Best documentary film at Viennale, Duisburger Filmwoche Audience Award, DOK Leipzig, Sao Paulo Mostra, Jihlava IDFF, CPH DOX, Stockholm IFF, Pravo ljudski Human rights FF Sarajevo, IDFA- Best of Fests, Watch DOCS Warsaw, DOC Point Helsinki, Austrian Film Prize for Best Documentary, Magnificent 7 Belgrade - BEL MEDIC AWARD for creative emphasis of humanistic values, Bolzano Film Festival Bozen, Istanbul Film Festival, DOCUDAYS UA
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