Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) trailer

February 22, 2016

Tags: winner, golden bear, Berlin Film festival, documentary, Gianfranco Rosi, Lampedusa, immigrants



For more info about the prizewinning film, the first time a full-length feature documentary has won top honors in Berlin, please cut and paste into your address line:
http://www.dw.com/en/berlinale-golden-bear-for-italian-refugee-documentary-fuocoammare/a-19063227

As Gianfranco Rosi collects Golden Bear, 943 more African immigrants rescued at sea

February 22, 2016

Tags: Fuocoammare, Fire at Sea, Gianfranco Rosi, documentary, Lampedusa, immigrants, refugees, boats, mediterranean, crossing, rescue, Europe, africa, cinema, golden bear, prize, director, lampedusa

While documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi was celebrating his win in Berlin for his documentary Fuocoammare ( Fire at Sea) about the people of Lampedusa accepting and caring for African immigrants, nearly a thousand more immigrants were arriving on the island's shores.
It was a weekend of life saving at sea off the coast of Libya, according to La Repubblica (more…)

1500 immigrants saved at sea in one day

April 5, 2015

Tags: Immigrants, sicily, saved, Italy, Lampedusa, Porto Empedocle, boats, Mediterranean, rescue

Five overloaded, unseaworthy ex-fishing boats loaded with would-be immigrants were saved from danger near the Libyan shores . The Italian Navy had received a distress call via satellite phone warning that three boats were in need of rescue. The ships sent found five boats full of people and rescued all of them, taking them to Lampedusa and Porto Empedocle in Sicily.

"It is a delirium," says mayor of Lampedusa

February 17, 2015

Tags: refugees, immigrants, boats, mediterranean, graveyard, emergency, influx, people, shipwreck, rescue, death, drowning, rubber boats, Lampedusa, Agrigentino

Two hundred arrivals at Pozzallo yesterday. Another 642 expected to land at Porto Empedocle today. The immigration center at the island of Lampedusa, which had been closed down because of the worst conditions, de-staffed and opened only for emergencies is now back in use, run by a non-profit. They have 250 beds but 1,215 people to house (more…)

What you are not seeing in American media

February 9, 2015

Tags: refugees, desperate, dead, cold, 20-foot waves, africa, immigration, emergency, Libia, Lampedusa

Voyages of desperation. The Mediterranean is a graveyard for people trying to escape, war, famine, cruel dictators and genocide at the hands of Boko Haram.

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