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3.9
97 Ratings

Below Sea Level

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi
Italy, United States, 2008
Documentary

Synopsis

During a five year period an Italian filmmaker documents the world of down-on-their-luck individuals who live in a Californian desert trying to get by one day at a time. None of them has more than a vehicle, a dog and some clothes.

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Below Sea Level Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2008 | 2 wins including: Venice Horizons Documentary Award

European Film Awards

2009 | Nominee: European Documentary

Cinéma du Réel

2009 | 2 wins including: Cinéma du Réel Award

2011

Critics reviews

Below Sea Level is thrilling, uncomfortable, mischievous and totally alive in every frame. It is a portrait of survival in the face of personal disaster, as these “flies and mosquitoes” who call this outpost their home refuse to be swatted. The residents are defiantly “not-homeless,” living in makeshift buses, old trailers, on piles of rubble. The patient gaze of Rosi’s camera bathes these would-be broken lives with a powerful and affecting sense of dignity.
September 19, 2013
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