Foreign Film Blockbuster? 'Simshar' Asks: Are We All Migrants In Need of Rescue?

November 21, 2014 2:54 PM

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Pope Francis in the first months of his papacy came to Lampedusa, a provincial island of Sicily not far from the Republic of Malta, to address the needs of thousands of African and increasingly middle eastern migrants who lose their lives in the Mediterranean sea pursuing freedom from starvation and violence. Before the Holy Father intervened, there was very little global notice given to the large number of migratory deaths in the Mediterranean region. One attempt to supply context can be found in a chapter of my semi-autobiographical work, Lift up Your Hearts (Amazon; Kindle world wide).

Now there is another powerful source of information on the problem of irregular migration. The movie Simshar -- made during 2009-2011 depicts one of the thousands of real life tragedies that occur in the choppy winter Mediterranean Sea. Few people and institutions had been reaching out to these impo...

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