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Based on astonishing true events, Simshar tells two parallel stories of survival at sea which unravel on and around the Mediterranean island of Malta, culminating when a Maltese fishing family is left stranded in open water after being mistaken for African migrants. The turmoil and hardship of human migration is played out on this small island between two continents. Today’s ongoing – and often tragic – migrant mass crossings from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean make of Simshar a pertinent and timely story. This is the first international feature film to come out of Malta, and was shot entirely on the island.


Language: Maltese, English
Website: Simshar


Awards and Festivals

  • Cyprus International Film Festival 2015 – Golden Aphrodite Award for Best Film and Best Director
  • Brussels International Film Festival 2015

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Rebecca Cremona
Lotfi Abdelli, Clare Agius, Sékouba Doucouré, Laura Kpegli
101 minutes
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