'Mediterranea', which highlights the human story behind the recent European immigration debate and even features scenes with migrants dying when their boat is shipwrecked, creates debate in Cannes. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: 'Mediterranea', which is in the Critics Week selection at the Cannes film festival, has created debate on the Croisette as the film shows the plight of migrants from Burkina Faso as they travel on foot and boat to Italy. The film even features a scene where the flimsy vessel they are in on the way to Italy is destroyed in a storm resulting in the deaths of many - a scene which reflects the recent disaster off the coast of Libya in which an estimated 900 migrants died in April. 'Mediterranea' follows two migrants, Ayiva and Abas, as they endure physical and emotional hardships as they try and make their way to Italy. However, when they arrive in Italy, life is not as good as they expected as their hardships continue. "I understand that maybe for a lot of people in light of recent events, it seems like now it's very very topical because of what's happened recently," said director Jonas Carpignano, "but for us it feels.... we almost felt late in telling the story because it's been a reality we've been living with for over five years now and so I don't want to say we're desensitised to these big tragedies but it's something we've come to accept as reality."