Screening of "Fire at Sea"

Tuesday, Apr, 25 2017 — 4:30 PM
At: Gailor Auditorium

Come watch Fire at Sea, an Oscar-nominated documentary about Syrian refugees in Italy (Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo, 2016),  in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference: “A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Perspectives” at the University of the South (April 6-8, 2017). The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Abby Colbert, Dr. Mila Dragojevic, and Dr. Lucia Garcia-Santana.

"The European migrant crisis began in 2015 when thousands fled their conflict-ridden homelands to seek asylum in the European Union. Facing life-threatening circumstances, these refugees traveled across treachorous seas for a better life while Europe struggled to cope with the ongoing crisis. The new documentary, Fire at Sea observes this humanitarian disaster as it imapacts the small Italian island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, and how the culture dealt with such an influx of people.  An observation portrait, the film follows the lives of local fishermen and their families, as well as the rescue of many migrants."

-Vikram Murthi, Indiewire, September, 2016

The conference “A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Identities” and associated events have been co-organized by the Mellon Globalization Forum, International and Global Studies Program, Office of Global Citizenship, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. The organizing committee includes Justyna Beinek (International and Global Studies and Russian), Nicholas Roberts (History and International and Global Studies), Kelly Whitmer (History), and Scott Wilson (Politics). We extend special thanks to Sara Nimis, Print Services, Megan Roberts, and Helen Stapleton. Images in the conference materials courtesy of Pradip Malde and Brock Gordon. All events are free and open to the public.


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