Documentary - Fire at Sea
It's not acceptable that people die crossing the sea to escape from tragedies

The School of Arts and Sciences at AUD hosted a movie viewing and discussion session presenting Fire at Sea (Italian: Fuocoammare), a 2016 Italian documentary film directed by Gianfranco Rosi. It won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. [1]
The event was organized under the auspices of the Italian Consulate in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and in the presence of special guest Consul General of Italy in Dubai Mrs. Valentina Setta, to raise awareness on the plight of refugees and migrants, within the context of the international and middle eastern studies programs at AUD, and in an effort to promote the Italian language.

The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, and sets the migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders. The main characters are a twelve-year-old boy from a local fishing family and a doctor who treats the migrants on their arrival. In his acceptance speech for the Golden Bear award, Rosi stated that his intention was to heighten awareness of the migrant situation, saying, "It's not acceptable that people die crossing the sea to escape from tragedies."
I am confident the documentary will engage a debate that will be useful and profitable for all AUD students and the entire university community as well,” comments Cristina Ricci, Adjunct Professor of Italian at AUD and convener of the session. She is joined by Dr. Omar Bertolazzi, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Dr. Perri Giovanucci, Associate Professor of English.

Prof. Cristina Ricci and Dr. Omar Bertolazzi will be moderating the discussion following the film.