A captivating work of 'poetic realism', Morgan Knibbe’s debut feature offers a different perspective on the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.
“A poetic boundary-blurrer” – Hollywood Reporter
From its opening sequence, Those Who Feel the Fire Burning throws us into a chaotic world as a boat carrying hopeful families plunges into rough waves in the black of night.
As the humanitarian crisis escalates in the Middle East and North Africa, more reports emerge of refugees being abandoned on sinking boats as they attempt to cross into Europe. The relentless media coverage full of statistics serves to dehumanise the ordinary people seeking a better life.
Here, director Morgan Knibbe weaves together the unwelcoming realities of those that are successful. Observing them on the street, chased away like dogs as they try to survive in a hostile, alien world where they have no identity. The lucky few, or not so lucky.
This up close, chaotic, overwhelming portrait presents the grim reality of a life lived constantly in limbo. Those Who Feel the Fire Burning is just as boundless in time as it is immediate, an all too desperate cry for action by the fortress that is Europe.