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Mediterranea
January 2018

The film doesn't presume to "know" its protagonists by the end, yielding a more complex and challenging portrait, one whose greatest impact will occur on the festival circuit.

- Peter Debruge, Variety

Mediterranea
January 2018

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.

- Noel Murray, A.V. Club

Mediterranea
January 2018

This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices its toughness for a swooning, misty-eyed moment of hope.

- Stephen Holden, The NYTimes

Mediterranea

Mediterranea

Date: January 14, 2018

Location: UICA


Mediterranea (Italy/France/USA/Germany/Qatar) is a 2015 film directed and written by Jonas Carpignano. Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees. It was screened in the International Critics' Week section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Koudous Seihon and Alassane Sy as friends who cross the Mediterranean Sea to immigrate to Italy, where they experience unexpected hostility from locals.

This program is free and open to the public and begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 14 in the UICA theater.

A panel discussion with a film scholar and history/cultural representative takes place after the film viewing, followed by a reception with complimentary food and beverages reflecting the regional cuisine of the film's origin.

 

Panel Discussion for Mediterranea:

Moderator: Christina Dugan

Panelist(s): Jack Mangala and Toni Perrine

 

More about Chiaroscuro's 12th Season:

2018 Series Theme: Borders

Using a variety of narrative, cinematic and thematic devices, each film explores the idea of borders - geographical, interpersonal, metaphorical, or otherwise. The 2018 Series presents an award-winning roster of five celebrated films from around the world.


Reviews

The film doesn't presume to "know" its protagonists by the end, yielding a more complex and challenging portrait, one whose greatest impact will occur on the festival circuit.

- Peter Debruge, Variety

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.

- Noel Murray, A.V. Club

This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices its toughness for a swooning, misty-eyed moment of hope.

- Stephen Holden, The NYTimes

Mediterranea Official Trailer

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