Cape Ann Cinema, 21 Main Street, Gloucester
“Fire at Sea”
Please join us for a special screening of the award-winning Italian documentary and Oscar nominee “Fire at Sea” at the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street, Gloucester on Sunday, December 11 at 6:30 pm, followed by a Q&A led by Forum chair Dan Connell, who has interviewed shipwreck survivors and is just back from refugee camps in Ethiopia. The event is cosponsored by the Gloucester Lyceum, the North Shore Coalition for Peace & Justice, the Gloucester Meeting House Foundation, the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee and the Gloucester Writers Center.
Italy’s entry for Best Foreign Film, the movie weaves the stories of desperate African refugees and migrants who risk the perilous Mediterranean crossing with those of the people of Lampedusa, an insular fishing community off the Sicilian coast to which many of the boats are headed. The director, Gianfranco Rosi, was born in Eritrea, a former Italian colony that is the source of many of the boatpeople. “When I asked one of them, ‘What gives you the desire to cross the sea with the risk that maybe you will die?,’ he said, ‘It’s the word “maybe,”’ Mr. Rosi told the New York Times. “‘Because here we will certainly die. Crossing the sea, maybe we’d die.’”