In the Middle
Directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo
New York, NY
Locked in the hold of a flimsy boat and forced by the Gaddafi army to leave their children behind, Grace and Frank, originally from Nigeria, survive the dangerous crossing from Libya to a minuscule Italian island that has become the front line for migrants fleeing the upheavals in North Africa. But the same West that supported the Arab Spring is beaten by a severe economic crisis that renders many countries ill-prepared or unwilling to take in immigrants. In the Middle puts a human face on the tens of thousands of migrants who risk their lives to reach the small Italian island of Lampedusa, only to encounter Europe's rising anti-immigrant populism.