Mediterranea

Times:

  • 12:15 pm
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Though the migrant crisis in Europe is dominating headlines in 2015, many immigrant struggles — leaving their familiar homes behind, paying large sums for a unsafe trek, and trusting strangers to guide their families across deserts and oceans toward more uncertainty — remain invisible to most. Hitting on a devastatingly timely topic, Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano’s debut feature manages to capture the scope of a global crisis through intimate terms. Through a neorealist shooting style, “Mediterranea” follows best friends Ayiva and Abas on their treacherous journey from Burkina Faso in West Africa to Italy, where the two find themselves conflicted with reality and the dream life they set out for. In French and Italian, with English subtitles.

Director: Jonas Carpignano
Italy / France / USA / Germany / Qatar (2015)
110 minutes, Not Rated
Distributor: IFC Films

Reviews

"The fact-based film “Mediterranea,”... transports viewers to a place where they'll see both the banalities and perils refugees face, a kind of quiet drama with explosive bursts." — Steven Zeitchik, LA Times
"...a fascinating snapshot of the shifting population flow in a globalized world where technology provides a vital connection to home, and where every year more outsiders uproot their lives to subscribe to the dream, no matter how inhospitable it proves." — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"The fact-based film “Mediterranea,”... transports viewers to a place where they'll see both the banalities and perils refugees face, a kind of quiet drama with explosive bursts." — Steven Zeitchik, LA Times
"...a fascinating snapshot of the shifting population flow in a globalized world where technology provides a vital connection to home, and where every year more outsiders uproot their lives to subscribe to the dream, no matter how inhospitable it proves." — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.