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On 3 October 2013, a boat carrying 500 Eritrean refugees sunk off the coast of the Italian island Lampe- dusa. More than 360 people drowned. Abraham, one of the survivors, walks through a graveyard of ship- wrecks and vividly remembers the nightmarish experience. Meanwhile, chaos breaks loose at the har- bour, whilst hundreds of coffins are being loaded onto a military ship.

15 min

Locarno Short Film Nominee

DIRECTORMorgan Knibbe

Producer: Jos de Putter, Wink de Putter
Director of Photography: Morgan Knibbe
Editor: Morgan Knibbe
Original Score: Carlos Dalla-Fiore
Sound Design: Vincent Sinceretti, Noah Pepper, Taco Drijfhout

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Director’s statement

An important source of information is the news. A seemingly objective form of information. It presents itsself as an objective medium, but the information presented cannot be objective. Choices are being made in the way this information is recorded and presented. It is a selective truth. This is where a process of alienation for the adience can occur. 
For me as a filmmaker, it is a challenge to create a cinematic language with which I can communicate ideas in a clear way and touch the audience emotionally with cinematic tools. At the same time I want to encourage the viewer to think about his or her position in the (cinematic) viewing experience. It is also very important to experiment with the audiovisual language, to surprise an audience with storytelling that they are not used to and that may offer a new view on existing norms and values.
Honest imagery is only possible when the audience is encouraged to reflect on the medium. Not free from manipulation, on the contrary. The cinematic medium is ideally suited for manipulation and as a filmmaker I want to manipulate my audience. However, it is possible to stimulate active thinking about content and form. When such ideas about cinematic manipulation are applied to a journalistic topic such as the refugee issue, I think an audience will be encouraged to think about the information that is presented, more than it would be when looking at the news. By involving the audience on an emotional level, the distance between the subject and the audience hopefully becomes a bit smaller.

Trailer of the film:

Trailer Shipwreck from Some Shorts on Vimeo.


Director’s bio/filmography

Morgan graduated from the Netherlands Film Acad- emy in 2012 with his short experimental film A TWIST IN THE FABRIC OF SPACE. It was selected for the IDFA and won a so-called wildcard by the Neth- erlands Film Fund which enables a young director to continue creating a personal cinematic language.

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Q&A with the director

How long did it take to make your short? Was it dif- ficult to get financing?

It took about one month. The project was financed

with a small budget by a journalism platform called ‘De Correspondent’ (3,000 EUR). They approached me after seeing a promo I made for my upcoming feature film.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “Euro- pean cinema community”?

That it must be either very big or medium-sized but probably not a very small community. And that I somehow seem to be a part of it, even though I don’t really understand its perimeters.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

COME AND SEE by Elem Klimov, HANA-BI by Takeshi Kitano, THX 1138 by George Lucas, IRRÉVERSIBLE by Gaspar Noé, INVOLUNTARY by Ruben Östlund, BEN- NY’S VIDEO by Michael Haneke, DISTRICT 9 by Neill Blomkamp and the work of Chris Cunningham. Yes, the audience will have to watch ALL of it.

What is your next project?

I am finishing a feature film, THOSE WHO FEEL THE FIRE BURNING, which revolves around the lives of il- legal immigrants at the borders of Europe.


16 nominations, 11 wins

. AFI Fest 2014

Won Short Award – Special Mention

. Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 2014

Won Golden Mikeldi Documentary

.  Camerimage 2014

Won Special Mention Short Documentary Films Competition

. FEST New Directors/New Films Festival 2015

Won Audience Award Short Film

.  Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2015

Won Best DocumentaryInternational Competition

. Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015

Won Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film

. IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival 2015

Won Amnesty International Award – Special Mention

Won Special Mention Short Film – Documentary

. Locarno International Film Festival 2014

Won Pianifica Award

Won Silver Pardino – Leopards of Tomorrow

. VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2015

Won Audience Award Best Film in the International Competition: Fiction and Documentary

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On the web

On the web

Official website

European Film Adwards


video trailer

. review on



Morgan Knibbe


+31 6 8114 6787

World sales:

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