Mediterraneo: The Law of the Sea (2021)

Like many people the world over, Oscar Camps (Eduard Fernandez) was shaken by the photograph of the body of three-year-old Syrian child Alan Kurdi lying on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. But unlike most people, Oscar was motivated to do something about it. This stirring factually-based drama tells of a group of lifeguards from Barcelona who travelled to Lesbos with the intention of saving lives, ultimately forming the NGO Open Arms.

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Shocked by the photo of little Alan Kurdi, Òscar Camps decides to head to the Greek island Lesbos, just a few kilometres from the Turkish coast, where hundreds of migrants are appearing. Reluctantly, Gerard follows him. Once on the island, the two of them are faced with a tragic predicament. Endless disembarkations from dinghies at all hours of night and day, long lines of refugees heading towards Mória, which was the biggest refugee camp in Europe until it burned down in September 2020. Òscar and Gerard discover the desperation of women, men and children, the ferocity of the people-smugglers who force migrants to puncture their rafts in order to be rescued.

Camillo De Marco, Cineuropa

  • Orig. title: Mediterraneo: Cada vida cuenta
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Filmax
  • Cinematography: Kiko de la Rica
  • Editing: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
  • Music: Arnau Bataller
  • Sound: Fabiola Ordoyo
  • Production design: Pinelopi Valti
  • Costume design: Despina Chimona
  • Make-up: Kyriaky Melidou