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Summary

Over the weekend of April 18th and 19th, an estimated number of between eight hundred and nine hundred people, migrants and asylum seekers that had set off from Lybia, drowned in the Mediterranean. The were packed onto a single boat that capsized. Each year, roughly twenty thousand people set out to cross the Mediterranean in small boats, after having payed large sums of money to human traffickers. And every year, thousands die because of shipwrecks. In October, 2013 more than three hundred people drowned off the coast of the Italian island Lampedusa. Dutch filmmaker Morgan Knibbe was present with his camera, and shot a mesmerizing short film, called SHIPWRECK LAMPEDUSA which shows the immediate aftermath of the disaster. The visual style of the film is particularly striking; the camera moves and floats, in a ghost-like manner, while one of the few survivors, Abraham, recalls his memories in a whispering voice. Meanwhile, relatives mourn in the harbor, and police try both to maintain order and hide their emotions, while coffins are being loaded onto a military ship.

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