How can the mind of a teenager who survived war, violence and poverty, and struggled for his own life through the desert and the sea, react when he finds himself stuck for months in a remote corner of a foreign island?
A remote Sicilian reception centre for unaccompanied migrant minors is about to close, and six teenagers are left awaiting the decision that will seal their fate. They sleep, eat pre-packaged meals, and peer into their cell phones — their only tool to stay in touch with their dreams, their loved ones, and their friends. Defeated by boredom, buoyed by small rituals and clumsy desires, they live suspended lives beautifully captured by the directors in still and exquisitely composed wide shots. -TG
MOST INNOVATIVE MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
VISIONS DU RÉEL 2018
Philippe Fontana, France, 2018, 19 mins
In January 2018, Italian photographer Stefano De Luigi set sail aboard the Aquarius, an SOS Méditerranée migrant rescue ship. With great modesty, De Luigi’s black and white photos and film footage record the harrowing experiences of both the migrants and rescue workers at the centre of a humanitarian crisis.