Cinema Africa: Jonas Carpignano On His Powerful African Migration Drama, 'Mediterranea'

‘Mediterranea’ director/writer Jonas Carpignano talks his poignant feature film debut, a timely story of African migration to Europe.

Mediterranea director and writer, Jonas Carpignano. Courtesy of the filmmaker.
In the sixth installment of Okayafrica’s Cinema Africa series, Sherif Awad sits down with Jonas Carpignano, writer and director of the 2015 migrant drama, ‘Mediterranea.’

Jonas Carpignano’s feature film debut is a timely story of African migration to Europe. The poignant docudrama follows two Burkinabé men, single father Ayiva (Koudous Seihon) and his close friend, Abas (Alassane Sy), as they make the perilous journey from Burkina Faso to Italy, where they encounter hostility, violence and a life contrary to the “promised land” they envisioned.

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