Gianni Amelio’s film of immigrants crossing the open sea

by Annalisa Lista - 2017.07.25
Gianni Amelio’s film of immigrants crossing the open sea
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The daily dangers of immigrants that leave their homeland are shown in Granma.  The short film directed by Gianni Amelio, part of an informational campaign called Aware Migrants launched by the International Organization for Migration that is part of the Italian Interior Ministry.  Amelio’s film to be shown at the 70th edition of the Locarno film festival in August, was filmed entirely in Nigeria, with local cast and crew, and takes place between Lagos and the small town of Badagry. The dangers in open sea, the inhumane treatment of the traffickers, the death of loved ones, are only a few of the topics covered to raise public awareness on the delicate issue of immigration. The short’s sound track, made up of a rap tune  “Challenging death”, written by Alfie Nze and interpreted by two young protagonists in the film, has already given rise to a music video that is  making the rounds on social media.

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