A ground-breaking new Maltese film recalls the great sea tragedy involving African migrants and a family fishing boat.
Opening nationally on 1 October 2015, the critically acclaimed Simshar is inspired by one of Malta’s greatest recent tragedies.
Writer/director and acclaimed Maltese filmmaker Rebecca Cremona tells two parallel stories of survival at sea which unravel on and around the Mediterranean island of Malta, culminating when a Maltese fishing family is left stranded in open water after being mistaken for African migrants.
The turmoil and hardship of human migration is played out on this small island between two continents. Today’s ongoing – and often tragic – migrant mass crossings from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean make Simshar a pertinent and timely story.
This is the first international feature film to come out of Malta, and was shot entirely on the island. Simshar was also selected as Malta’s first official entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 87th Academy Awards and the first feature film from Malta to enter the international market.