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These haunting, poetic meditations on the European refugee crisis speak eloquently and urgently to the harrowing human cost of a global tragedy. In Yorgos Zois’s eerily evocative short 8TH CONTINENT, the filmmaker’s camera silently surveys a desolate dump on the Greek island of Lesbos strewn with thousands of life jackets that have washed ashore—an almost otherworldly landscape that conveys more than words ever could. Then, on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, director Gianfranco Rosi documents the quotidian rituals of life in a place where everyday reality unfolds against the backdrop of a mounting humanitarian disaster in his shattering documentary FIRE AT SEA.