In his real time documentary, Jonathan Schörnig shows a sea rescue and how agonizingly long it takes to rescue 104 people from a sinking rubber boat. One by one, step by step, the film follows the action with several parallel cameras. When the Libyan coast guard turn up, the situation comes to a head. The rescued persons and the crew are stuck on the high seas for days because no Mediterranean country gives them permission to dock. It is only after a heavy storm that one port takes pity on them. What sounds like a bad script is actually – daily – reality. (Luc-Carolin Ziemann, DOK Leipzig)
The film was awarded the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film in mid-October 2023.