Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.


Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Mary Elizabeth Innocent 


Director: Jonas Carpignano Screenplay: Jonas Carpignano Producers: Jon Coplon, Gwyn Sannia, Jason Michael Berman, Chris Colombus, Christoph Daniel, Andrew Kortschak, John Lesher, Ryan Lough, Justin Nappi, Alain Peyrollaz, Marc Schmidheiny, Victor Shapiro, Ryan Zacarias Co-Producer: Andrea Gamboa 
Director of Photography: Wyatt Garfield Production Design: Marco Ascanio Viarigi Editor: Nico Leunen, Affonso Gonçalves, Snabbel Chiraqoui Sound: Damien Tronchot Year: 2015 Running Time: 107 min

Festivals & Awards

AFI Fest
Nominated for the Audience Award for New Auteurs

Black Reel Awards
Nominated for Outstanding Foreign Film

Cairo International Film Festival
Best Film and Best Actor (Koudous Seihon)

Cannes Film Festival
Critics Week Official Selection

Gotham Awards
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Hamptons International Film Festival
Nominated Golden Starfish Award

Independent Spirit Awards
Nominated for Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay and Best Male Lead

Munich Film Festival
One Future Prize - Honorable Mention

National Board of Review, USA
NBR Award for Best Directorial Debut, Top Five Foreign Language Film

Stockholm Film Festival
Best Actor, Best First Film, Telia Film Award, Bronze Horse

Zurich Film Festival
Special Mention for International Feature Film

Jonas Carpignano

Director / Producer

Jonas Carpignano spent his childhood between Rome and New York City. He began making films at Wesleyan University and after graduating continued working on film sets in Italy and the US. His work as a director has been shown around the world and has won awards at prestigious festivals including Cannes, Venice, and Sundance. His first feature film Mediterranea earned him the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and was named the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review. Jonas lives in Italy where he continues to work as a writer and director.


2006, La Casa d'Argento Bava | Short (OMIT)

2010, Resurrection Man | Short

2011, Bayou Black | Short
Woodstock Film Festival - Honorable Mention

2012, A Chjàna | Short
SXSW Film Festival
Venice International Film Fest - Best Short Film - Contro Campo Italiano
New Directors New Films - Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Special Mention

2014, A Ciambra | Short
Cannes International film festival - Discovery Award
Miami International film festival - Grand Jury Prize,  Audience Award,, Park Grove Award
Stockholm International film festival - Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalism
New York Film Festival