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Hear My Eyes: Fire at Sea

Gianfranco Rosi / Italy, France / 2016 / 108 mins / Italian and English with English subtitles / Documentary

“Urgent, imaginative and necessary filmmaking… a film that commands our attention.”

Centerpiece: Film Screening with Original Live Score

Academy Award nominee and winner of the Berlinale’s prestigious Golden Bear, Fire at Sea is a poetic and haunting portrait of Lampedusa. This small island just off the Italian coast has become both a refuge and grave for tens of thousands of displaced peoples trying to reach mainland Europe. Master documentarian Gianfranco Rosi (Below Sea Level, HRAFF 2010), observes with startling beauty, the intimate ordinary lives of the inhabitants of Lampedusa, including perspectives from both the locals and the newly arrived. This bracing, prize-winning documentary is a timely call for urgent action and compassion for the utterly devastating effect and scale of human tragedy in the refugee crisis.

HRAFF is excited to collaborate with Hear My Eyes for a second year at our 10th Anniversary Festival. The Melbourne based creative organization produces audio-visual events that push the conventions of cinema and sound beyond their traditional forms, pairing films with an original live score performed by local musicians. This event will be a unique and immersive experience.

This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.


Fire At Sea will be creatively re-interpreted by Evelyn Morris (Pikelet) who will be performing live and acting as the band leader to musicians Music Yared, specially chosen for this performance. Music Yared will be using a variety of instruments from Ethiopia and together with Evelyn will provide a completely original score to accompany the film.

Music Yared features Haftu Reda, originally from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and Anbessa Gebrehiwot from Ethiopia and Eritrea. They sing and play the traditional instruments krar (5-string lyre) and masinko (single string violin). Joining them are Melbourne multi-instrumentalists Evelyn Morris on keyboards and percussion and DaleGorfinkel on percussion and balafon (xylophone).

Since performing as a trio at Hobart’s Mona Foma Festival in 2016, the band has welcomed the addition of Anbessa, a musician with a powerful voice and breadth of experience. With a focus on Haftu and Anbessa’s East African cultural heritage, Music Yared also embraces new sonic territories with a beautiful modesty, camaraderie and a deep groove.

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Please note: This is a Special Event and cannot be purchased using a HRAFF Mini-Pass.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Berlin International Film Festival 2016
New York Film Festival 2016
Golden Bear for Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival 2016

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