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Purple Sea
Purple Sea
A MUBI Release
453 Ratings


As the way to Europe remained blocked for Syrian artist Amel Alzakout, she decided to cross the Mediterranean Sea with smugglers. However, just before reaching the coast of Lesbos, the overcrowded boat she was on capsized. With a waterproof camera strapped to her wrist, Amel recorded the events.

Our take

As she fled Syria, artist Amel Alzakout’s wrist-attached GoPro camera captured her boat capsizing in a terrifying mosaic of colour and sound. Visceral immediacy and poetic narration collide in Purple Sea, a first-person account of the refugee crisis, and a survival story of heart-stopping urgency.