Fire at Sea. An incisive, poignant, and deeply moving portrait of the small, windswept Mediterranean island of Lampedusa—and the humanitarian crisis occurring in the seas around it. Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. The film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them. The result is a lyrical, poetic, and searingly powerful documentary that casts neither judgement nor aspersions, but simply shows the world to the viewer—to utterly devastating effect. Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature Nomination; additional 14 wins and 24 nominations.
Fifteen award-winning films and documentaries from around the world have been selected for the big screen in the museum’s theater, with high definition digital projection and Dolby™ surround-sound. These diverse films reflect the museum’s founding philosophy of an appreciation for nature, beauty, and place as essential to culture, community, and personal wellbeing. Complimentary refreshments included! All films are open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities.
Tickets prices: Members: Adults (16 & up): $9 per film. Non-members: Adults (16 & up): $11 per film. For a complete list of screenings and ticket information: www.billingsfarm.org/filmfest or 802-457-2355.