Original title Il limite
An incisive portrait of life aboard a Sicilian fishing vessel, the film depicts the daily struggle of fishermen to earn a living in a harsh physical environment that brings out the social and economic tensions of modern society. At sea for three weeks at a time, they fish off the coasts of Libya and Tunisia, sometimes outside the fishing limits and risking interception by the authorities. An intimate account of remoteness: after a few days on shore, the men leave their homes and families for a month. Night and day the nets are cast every four hours; the work is demanding and poorly paid; the quarters are cramped and uncomfortable; conflicts and prejudices surface amidst the roar of the engines and the sea. Beyond the horizon lies Africa, where immigrants embark for Europe, leaving their homes and families behind in the hope of finding a better life.
Author/s Rossella Schillaci
ROSSELLA SCHILLACI gained a MA in visual anthropology and direction of documentaries at the University of Manchester (UK). Her last three documentaries have been awarded in many international film festivals. FILMOGRAPHY : ALTRA EUROPA (OTHER EUROPE, 2011 HDCAM, AZUL, 75min) SHUKRI, A NEW LIFE (2010 HDCAM, AZUL for Al Jaazera, 21 min) broadcasted by Al Jazeera English LA FIUMA (SHE-RIVER, 2008, HDCAM, European Project BLUE Mèditerranèe, 64 min) VJESH/CANTO (VJESH/SINGING, 2007, Palomar Endemol, DIGITALBETA, 57 min)
Photography Giulio Pedretti