Fires at Sea - Fuocoammare: Global Migrations Film Series

February 21, 2018 6 – 8 p.m.

The Foreign Languages & Literatures Department cordially invites you to the screening of "Fires at Sea - Fuocoammare," a 2016 film by Gianfranco Rosi

The pre-screening and post-screening discussions will be presented by Dr. Paul Kramer, Professor of History and Political Science at Nazareth College. 


Samuele is twelve, and lives on an island in the Mediterranean, far away from the mainland.  Like all boys of his age, he does not always enjoy going to school.  He would much rather climb the rocks by the shore, play with his slingshot or mooch about the port.  But his home is not like other islands.  For years, it has been the destination of men, women and children trying to make the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small and decrepit.  The island is Lampedusa, which has become a metaphor for the flight of refugees to Europe, the hopes, hardship and fate of hundreds of thousands of emigrants.  These people long for peace, freedom and happiness and yet so often only their dead bodies are pulled out of the water.  Thus, every day the inhabitants of Lampedusa are bearing witness to the greatest humanitarian tragedy of our times.  


The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department brings to our community the opportunity to "see" the world from other cultures' perspectives - in their own terms, and in their own languages. We are witnessing the advance of a global economy that involves great opportunities as well as concomitant challenges at the geographic, social, economic, cultural and political levels.

Without a doubt, the global era's hallmark is the instantaneous movement of transnational capitals and consequent cultural trends via cyberspace. This trend is accompanied by humongous diasporas across the globe; thousands and thousands of human beings are displaced from their original territories each day in search of better opportunities for their families.

According to the United Nations, the number of international migrants - persons living in a country other than where they were born - reached 244 million in 2015 for the world as a whole, a 41% increase compared to 2000, according to new data presented by the United Nations on January 12th, 2016. This figure includes almost 20 million refugees.

In an attempt to contribute to this ongoing dialogue, the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department presents its first annual film series on "Global Migrations" with a focus on social justice.

Select movies and documentaries are tied to course offerings in FLLD that range from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The screenings aim to generate a cross-disciplinary dialogue with fields such as Anthropology, Art History, English, History, Law, Interfaith Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Peace and Justice, and more.

Pre-screening and post-screening discussions are conducted by FLLD faculty, guest faculty members, and/or experts in the field of migration issues.

The series is free and open to the public.

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Please contact Dr. Mireille Le Breton at for more information



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