”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.
"Rewarding a documentary that highlights a principle of international humanitarian law..." - Monte Carlo TV Festival/ Press Prize ICRC (Intl Red Cross)
"...Poignant moments between the rare survivors returned from hell and a handful of volunteers,captured on camera by Jean-Paul Mari" - Festival de la mer, Hendaye.
Festivals and Awards:
* 2017: Press Prize of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
* 2017: Nominated for the Franco-German Prize of Journalism category video. The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on July 4, 2017.
* 2017: Prix FReDD 2017 of the best feature doc long-métrage (ex-aequo) at 7th Festival FReDD (research / sustainable development) « Seas and Oceans » (31March - 9 April, Toulouse, France)
* 2017: "Prix France 3/Ville d’Hendaye", FILMAR (Film du Festival de la mer), Hendaye, France (March)
* 2017 FIGRA: Official selection in the "Intl competition of +40' docs", 22-26 March (Touquet-Paris-Plage, France)
* 2016: Grand Prix and Young Jurors's Prize at "FIDOM - Intl Festival of Mediterranean documentaries", 20-23 Oct., Banyuls (France).