Lampedusa: Lost and Found


Who is behind this?

Christine Pawlata

Lampedusa Lost and Found


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

An investigative trip to Lampedusa, aimed at giving voice to the many migrants who lost their lives while trying to reach the coasts of the Sicilian island.

Where will your idea take place?

Lampedusa, Italy

Why does Europe need your idea?

We believe that the stories of those who try to reach our continent, as well as those of the people from Lampedusa and other European entry points not only deserve to be told, but must be told to a European audience. We need to find a common solution as a united Europe for the tragedy of refugees dying on our borders.
Places like Lampedusa, but also Ceuta and Mellila in Spain, and Leros and Kos in Greece, have been abandoned by Europe and the European Union. Not only do their inhabitants have to confront large numbers of migrants arriving on a daily base, but also the human tragedy that lies behind this migration.
Our idea definitely has the potential to be replicated in other locations in Europe, most of all in the other “deadly” EU entry points, like Ceuta and Mellila, Kos and Leros.

What is your impact?

After our research trip to Lampedusa we will:
-have chosen the objects left behind on the island, which will allow us to retrace their owners’ journey to Europe, and help us find their families and friends in both their countries of origin and on the rest of the European continent
-have chosen our documentary’s co-protagonists on the island.
-have collected audio-visual footage for a short (ca. 10 min.) promo, which will document our research on the island, introduce the objects and our initial search for their owners. It will introduce the co-protagonists on the island and explain the aim of our documentary and our research to possible financiers.

How do you get there?

- In Rome:
Plan meetings with gatekeepers in Lampedusa of help for our research, already contacted:
Associazione Isole, NGO that restored migrants' objects found on Lampedusa
Askavusa, NGO collecting migrants’ objects
Giusy Nicolini, mayor of Lampedusa
Franco Tuccio, carpenter who creates sculptures from the shipwrecked migrants’ boats
The brothers Raffaele and Domenico Colapinto, fishermen in Lampedusa who saved migrants in the massive shipwreck on October 3, 2013, during which 366 people lost their lives.
- In Lampedusa:
Meet with gatekeepers, view objects, plan further research
interview islanders, refugees
Document research on video
- Back in Rome:
Edit promo with footage from Lampedusa
further research, based on findings from Lampedusa
finalise script for feature-length documentary

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What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 11000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 11000,-

Total budget

Major expenses




Idea created on April 12, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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