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Mediterranea

by Jonas Carpignano Feature Film Competition

Having left their families behind in Burkina Faso, Ayiva and Abas are on their way to Europe to start a new and better life. The two survive the treacherous crossing made with a group of refugees in a smuggler’s boat. Having arrived in southern Italy they soon begin earning money working on an orange plantation. But the hostility towards foreigners found in their new environment takes on ever-increasing seriousness. Driven by the need to support their families back home and unsettled by the social rejection they are experiencing in Italy, Ayiva and Abas must now decide – each for himselve – how far they are prepared to go to find happiness in Europe. MEDITERRANEA is a disturbing and highly topical social drama that gives a small notion of how refugees cope once they get to the other side of the ocean. The story is based on the violent assaults made on African migrants and the escalating protest marches that took place in southern Italy’s Rosarno in 2010.


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Italy, France, USA, Germany, Qatar, 2015
  • Runtime: 110 Min
  • Languages: Italian, French, Arabic, English
  • Subtitles: German, English
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  • Director: Jonas Carpignano
  • Cast: Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Francesco Papasergio, Vincenzina Siciliano
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  • Screenplay: Jonas Carpignano
  • Cinematography: Wyatt Garfield
  • Editors: Nico Leunen, Affonso Gonçalves , Sanabel Cherqaoui
  • Music: Benh Zeitlin & Dan Romer
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  • Producers: 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
  • Co-Producers: Alexander Akoka, Philippe Akoka, Juliet Berman, Dan Janvey, Isabel Siskin Music
  • Executive Producers: Brooke Bernard, Joel Brandeis, Eleanor Columbus, Walter Kortschak, Carl Linder III, Matt Lindner, Michael Mailis, Francesco Melzi, Tyler Owen, Raphael Swann, Dario Suter, Grazka Taylor, Kevin Turen
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  • Production Companies: Audax Films, Blu Grotto, Court 13, DCM, Good Films, Good Lap Production, Grazka Taylor Productions, Hyperion Media Group, Le Grisbi, Maiden Voyage Films, Nomadic Independence, Sunset Junction, Treehouse Pictures
  • World Sales: NDM International Sales
  • Swiss Distribution: DCM Film Distribution Schweiz GmbH
  • www.facebook.com/mediterraneathefilm
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