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