Lampedusa in Winter (Lampedusa im Winter)
With cinematographer Serafin Spitzer in person
Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York
At Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Visit new-york.czechcentres.cz for more information.
New York premiere.Austria/Italy/Switzerland. Dir. Jakob Brossmann. 2015, 93 mins. In Arabic, English, Italian, and Tigrinya with English subtitles. For thousands of refugees from Africa and the Middle East, the tiny Mediterranean island of Lampedusa is their gateway to Europe. This sensitively observed documentary is a snapshot of the island during winter, long after the summer tourists have left its picture postcard-perfect beaches. With eye-opening candor, it captures the struggles of not only the migrants who risk their lives to reach the island’s shores, but of the local residents who have found themselves on the frontlines of a humanitarian crisis.
Tickets for Panorama Europe at the Bohemian National Hall are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.