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A tender and devastating look at the migrant crisis in Europe.

— Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Intense, intelligent, and deeply moving.

— Alex Ramon, Pop Matters

Topical, intelligent, empathetic. An authentic, understated debut.”

— Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Presented by Sundance Selects | Italy | Nov 20th, 2015 | 111 MINS | NR

This remarkably timely, eye-opening look at an all-too-real issue charts the death-defying struggle of African migrants as they risk everything to start a new life in Europe. Ayiva (first time actor Koudous Seihon in a revelatory performance) and Abas (Alassane Sy) are close friends from Burkina Faso determined to make it to Italy in order to find work and provide for their families back home. But even after surviving the harrowing journey—desert bandits, a treacherous sea voyage, arrest—nothing can prepare the two men for the hostility and violence that awaits them. A gripping tale of survival told with vivid realism, Mediterranea immerses viewers in the heart of a humanitarian crisis that for far too many is a lived reality.


  • Jonas Carpignano


  • Jason Michael Berman
  • Chris Columbus
  • Jon Coplon
  • Christoph Daniel
  • Andrew Kortschak
  • John Lesher
  • Ryan Lough
  • Justin Nappi
  • Alain Peyrollaz
  • Gwyn Sannia
  • Marc Schmidheiny
  • Victor Shapiro
  • Ryan Zacarias


  • Jonas Carpignano