Reel Causes co-presents “Fire at Sea” at VIFF 2016

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For the 5th year in a row, we are excited to be an Outreach Partner for the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) which runs September 29 – October 14, 2016. We will be co-presenting the critically acclaimed documentary Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi on Oct 5th, 12th & 14th. Get tickets!


The internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival  is among the five largest film festivals in North America, screening films from more than 70 countries on nine screens.  The programming platforms make the festival unique: they screen one of the largest selections of East Asian films outside of that region, are one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world and have a large and vibrant documentary program.

Each year the festival attracts a large and enthusiastic audience and remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival “designed for the benefit of people who love films and people who make them.”

This year, VIFF launches VIFF HUB, a central location for experiences beyond film. The transformed Vancouver International Film Centre will host interactive screen-based experiences, talks, sessions and events with leaders in creative industries that are designed to educate and inspire public and industry attendees alike.

This year, our partner film is “Fire at Sea”(Fuocoammare) which is a documentary directed by Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro GRA). The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa and chronicles life on the Italian island, the focal point for Europe’s ongoing refugee/migrant crisis. It sets the migrants’ dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders. The film centers around a twelve-year-old boy from a local fishing family and a doctor who treats the migrants on their arrival.


This film has been met with rave reviews from The Guardian, Variety  and the Financial Times

On a recent episode of the Current on CBC Radio, Anna Maria Tremonti interviewed director Gianfranco Rosi. The acclaimed Italian filmmaker spent a year and a half in Lampedusa documenting the tragedy of the migrant crisis and the everyday lives of the islanders. He shares his experience with Tremonti on what it was like bearing witness to a humanitarian disaster.The full article and interview can be found here.


“When I encountered death one day in the middle of the sea, and we found out that under this boat there were 50 people that died… I decided to include this piece of film, this moment of tragedy in my film, which was a very hard decision you know, to show death is not easy to film.” Gianfranco Rosi


More information about this films’ schedule as part of VIFF can be found here.

Join us for a screening of this powerful film during the festival.

Wed. Oct 5, 5:30 pm, Intl Village 8

Wed. Oct 12, 11:15 am, Intl Village 10

Fri. Oct 14, 6:45 pm, Vancity

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About Reel Causes Society

Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.

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