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87 Ratings


Directed by Jonas Carpignano
Germany, United States, 2015


Mediterranea follows a young Burkinabe man who leaves his native Burkina Faso in search of a better life, making the perilous journey to Italy, only to find he’s unprepared for the intolerance facing immigrants in that country.

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Mediterranea Directed by Jonas Carpignano

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best First Feature

National Board of Review

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Directorial Debut



Where “Black Lives Matter” has become a rallying cry in the U.S., Jonas Carpignano’s sharply crafted “Mediterranea” voices a counterpart for African immigrants in southern Italy: “Stop shooting blacks!” That chant emerges at the dramatic apex of the multi-nationally funded feature, which otherwise offers a deliberately muted, finely textured account of the ordeals many Africans endure both before and after voyages to Europe in search of better lives.
November 20, 2015
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Although Carpignano mostly sticks close to Ayiva, it was a smart choice to have a second protagonist, because it gives the movie multiple perspectives, and gives the heroes someone to talk to. Often these kinds of stories emphasize the isolation and miserablism of being a foreigner, but Mediterranea has moments of camaraderie and lightness that make the contrasting despair all the more palpable.
November 19, 2015
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Carpignano has successfully fused several genres without the mess and forcedness that sometimes accompany such efforts. The fundamental one is the migrant road movie. Ayiva’s entry into Rocco’s household opens the doors for the family melodrama, bratty Marta playing a pivotal role. The film is also a morality tale, observing Ayiva’s battles with transgression, even if it is born of the good man’s desperation and interior struggle between personal survival and collective progress.
November 19, 2015
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