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Bringing Europe's migrant crisis to the Oscars

Gianfranco Rosi's documentary Fire at Sea offers an unflinching look at life on Lampedusa island

Los Angeles

A FEMALE voice crackles over the radio, begging for rescue from a crowded migrant boat sinking into the Mediterranean Sea as the coastguard barks over and over: "What is your position?"

Like much of Italian master Gianfranco Rosi's cinematic, Oscar-nominated documentary Fire at Sea, this opening scene plays out like a narrative thriller, except the lives in danger are real.

"I wanted to reverse the question. We should be asking ourselves, 'What is my position about this tragedy?' We can no longer be the silent majority," Mr Rosi told AFP in Los Angeles ahead of next week's awards.

As Europe grapples with its biggest migrant influx since World War II, Mr Rosi's harrowing film offers an...

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