No Man is an Island
Directed by Tim De Keersmaecker, co-written by Anna Luyten, 2015
Creative documentary, Belgium
70', DCP, Dolby 5.1, Colour
Omar is a 21-year-old refugee from Tunisia. Like many other refugees, he left Tunisia in a wobbly boat during the Arab Spring in 2011, and he stranded on the coast of Lampedusa.
Despite the ongoing burden of the refugee crisis, both economical and psychological, the Lampedusiani do as much as they can to help the refugees. Omar was lucky to be received by the local medic who gives first care to the stranded refugees. Dr. Bartolo offers Omar a family, a home and a job as an interpreter in the local detention centre. At his turn, Omar now tries to make a difference for the refugees who, after a long and exhausting journey, finally manage to reach the promised land.
In the same period, 16-year-old Adam from Ghana also reaches the island. He is received by a hotel operator and works as a valet in the hotel. He gets the chance to learn how to write and calculate.
But the dreams of both boys reach further than the basic needs of shelter and food. On this island full of contradictions, the difficulty of integration becomes visible in the most painful way. Lampedusa was first the promised land, but turns out to be more and more of a prison in the Mediterranean Sea.
In “No Man is an Island”, the attempts at support and integration are crystallized in two unique adoption stories. The search for happiness of both the Lampedusiani and its newcomers nuances the current discussion on the reception of refugees in a profound way.
Directed by Tim De Keersmaecker
Written by Tim De Keersmaecker & Anna Luyten
Produced by Emmy Oost - Cassette for timescapes
Coproduced by Samuel Feller - Magellan Films
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Flanders Image, CANVAS, MEDIA programme of the European Union, The Pascal Decroos Fund, The Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government
Distributed by Dalton Distribution
One World Film Festival 2016 (CZ) Opening film, international premiere
Thessaloniki Doc festival 2016 (GR) Greek premiere
Mooov Film Festival 2016 (BE)
Hot Docs 2016 (CA) International Spectrum competition, North American premiere
Millennium Docs against Gravity FF 2016 (PL) Amnesty International competition, Polish premiere
Docville 2016 (BE) Eligible for Best Belgian Documentary
Festival International du Film Insulaire 2016 (FR)
Filmfestival Oostende 2016 (BE)
DocFest Maastricht 2016 (NL)
Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest 2016 (DE) German premiere
Diritti a Todi, Human Rights International Film Festival 2017 (IT) Feature Length Documentary International Competition
Millenium International Documentary Film Festival 2017 (BE) Compétition du Cinéma Belge
Document Human Rights Film Festival 2017 (UK)
The Milan International Filmmaker Festival 2017 (IT)