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Fuocoammare

Gianfranco Rosi France, 2016

MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Fire at Sea

Little Samuele has a lazy eye. An obvious metaphor for the West blindness to the influx of migrants. The Italian Navy picks them up but what happens next is addressed elsewhere (watch Mediterranea, for instance). Rosi' documentary feels not only underwhelming and ineffective but also complicit in aestheticizing an ongoing tragedy. Minervini's "controversial" rough/raw semi-docs are much more intriguing.