Aquarius, Rescue in Deadly Waters
Aquarius, Rescue in Deadly Waters | Frank Dhelens, Jean-Paul Mari | Various | 2016 | 52 min
The Mediterranean is a cemetery. More and more men, women and children are trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean. Many perish in the waters. Some 40 000 in fifteen years. “If Europe does nothing, we must act”, says Klaus Vogel, German co-founder of “SOS Méditerranée” and captain of the Aquarius, a vessel for 300 passengers. What started out as a Franco-German and then Italian humanitarian initiative, has become a civic European organisation for the rescue of people in distress in the Mediterranean. Two reporters have embarked for three weeks to take part in the rescue operations and to witness the daily commitment of a group of people when faced with the desperate plight of others.
FReDD 2017 Award for Best Documentary Feature (France)
FILMAR 2017 “Prix France 3/Ville d’Hendaye” (France)
2016: Grand Prix and Young Jurors’s Prize at “FIDOM – Intl Festival of Mediterranean documentaries” (France)