On the 3rd of october 2013, just off the small island Lampedusa, 367 refugees drown when their boat sinks. This is one of the first medialized shipwrecks in the mediterranean and pictures of politicians in front of the coffins are sent all over the world – but we still haven’t heard the refugees version of what actually happened.
Adal Neguse, eritrean refugee now living in Stockholm, and Anna Blom have created five short documentaries about the accident. The main-characters in the films are a group of survivors, people in Lampedusa who rescued people from the sea and people who lost family in the accident. In this project we want to explore a radically new way of directing film through co-creation and inclusive storytelling. We are also exploring innovative channels for distributing and curating film.

Remembering Lampedusa – Grief has been shortlisted for Tempo Short Award in Stockholm. The film will be screened in Stocholm on the 8th and 9th march 2019, after the screenings Q&A with the directors Blom and Neguse.

Remembering Lampedusa – Guilt, has been accepted to Screening Scholarship Media Festival 2019: On Rendering Matters of Concern and Present Histories, CAMRA, University of Pennsylvania 29 – 31 March, 2019.

Remembering Lampedusa – Hope, will be screened at the Festival of Migrant Film in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on the 19th June. Q&A with Anna Blom after the screening.

All the films are screened at a special exhibition at Maritiman in Gothenburg, Sweden, during the summer 2019.

The films are circulating at festivals and events around the world. A longer term goal is to distribute them on national TV or on-line distribution in as many countries as possible.

You can read more about the project and it’s background here:

The project is a co-operation with dr. Karina Horsti (Academy of Finland Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer, University of Jyväskylä/ Docent, University of Helsinki/Visiting fellow, London School of Economics) and Adal Neguse (nurse, artist, taxi-driver, human-rights activist and eritrean refugee living in Stockholm).

The project is financed by Svenska Kulturfonden (1-year grant for artistic work), Föreningen Konstsamfundet and Koneen Säätiö.