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The documentary film Iuventa relates the events of a crucial year in the lives of a group of young Europeans all involved in different ways in the Jugend Rettet humanitarian project, starting from the first voyage of the Iuventa ship in the Mediterranean Sea to the heavy accusations that led to the seizure of the vessel more than a year later. The backbone of the narration is the ship’s first trip out to sea: setting sail from Malta, she comes back to La Valletta after 15 days offshore, having saved the lives of over 2,000 people. After the first mission the film takes us to Berlin and in Italy in the months following the first voyage, through the winter time when the future of the Jugend Rettet is discussed. The film, precisely because of the particularly young age of its protagonists, becomes the tale of a sort of training period: finding themselves at the forefront of this horror and death, and conscious of the vastness and complexities of the correlated socio-political problems, these youngsters start having doubts about the sense of the whole project which, it appears, determines in some way the loss of their innocence.

News

[27.07.18] International Human Right Film Festival (IHRFF) 2018, Tirana, Albania, 17th-22nd September 2018 International Human Right Film Festival (IHRFF) 2018, Tirana, Albania, 17th-22nd September 2018 International Human Right Film Festival (IHRFF) 2018, Tirana, Albania, 17-22 Settembre 2018
[26.07.18] Official selection – in competition at SalinaDocFest 2018, Salina, Italy, 13th-15th September 2018
Official selection – in competition at SalinaDocFest 2018, Salina, Italy, 13th-15th September 2018
Selezione ufficiale – in competizione al SalinaDocFest 2018, Salina, Italia, 13-15 Settembre 2018
[29.06.18] On July 10th starts the German Cine Tour with our distributor Farb Film and many of the protagonists. On July 10th starts the German Cine Tour with our distributor Farb Film and many of the protagonists. Il 10 Luglio inizia il German Cine Tour con il nostro distributore Farb Film e tanti altri protagonisti.
[22.06.18] Iuventa was awarded at Biografilm 2018 with Guerrilla Staff Award and two special mentions Iuventa was awarded at Biografilm 2018 with Guerrilla Staff Award and two special mentions Iuventa è stato premiato al Biografilm 2018 con il Guerrilla Staff Award e due menzioni speciali.
[07.06.18] Iuventa will be screened at Fusion Festival Berlin on July 1st. Far away from daily life Fusion seeks to create a wondrous parallel society. Soon updates on the German tour!
Iuventa will be screened at Fusion Festival Berlin on July 1st. Far away from daily life Fusion seeks to create a wondrous parallel society. Soon updates on the German tour!
Iuventa sarà proiettato al Fusion Festival di Berlino il 1° Luglio. Lontano dal quotidiano Fusion vuole creare una meravigliosa società parallela. A breve ulteriori informazioni sul tour tedesco!
[06.06.18] Iuventa will be screened at La Repubblica delle Idee in Bologna, on Sunday 10 June 2018, the Kermesse organized by Repubblica where one wonders about the future with so many important guests. Iuventa will be screened at La Repubblica delle Idee in Bologna, on Sunday 10 June 2018, the Kermesse organized by Repubblica where one wonders about the future with so many important guests. Iuventa sarà proiettato a La Repubblica delle Idee a Bologna, Domenica 10 Giugno 2018. Una Kermesse organizzata da Repubblica dove si immaginerà il futuro con tantissimi ospiti importanti.
[01.06.18] Iuventa has been officially selected at 14th Biografilm festival, celebration of lives. The festival will be held in Bologna from June 1st till June 24th 2018.
Offizielle Auswahl Biografilm 2018, 1-24. Juni, Bologna, Italien Iuventa è stato ufficialmente selezionato per il 14° Biografilm Festival, celebration of lives. Il festival si terrà a Bologna dal 1° al 24 Giugno 2018.
[07.05.18] Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London has published a counter investigation of the events leading to the seizure of the Iuventa. The results cast a new light over the Iuventa case. Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London has published a counter investigation of the events leading to the seizure of the Iuventa. The results cast a new light over the Iuventa case. Forensic Architecture è un'agenzia di ricerca indipendente della Goldsmiths University of London che ha pubblicato un'investigazione di denuncia sugli eventi che anno portato al sequestro della Iuventa. Il risultato della ricerca apre a nuove interpretazioni sul caso della Iuventa.
A film by Michele Cinque

Editing
Piero Lassandro

Cinematography
Michele Cinque
Martina Cocco

Music
Hackedepicciotto

Sound Design and Mix
Giuseppe D’Amato
Giancarlo Rutigliano

Executive Producers
Christof Brüning
Michele Cinque
Ognjen Dizdarevic
René Frotscher

Production Designer
Valerio Ciampicacigli

Producers
Thomas Jeschner
Volker Zobelt
Luca Pancaldi

Writing Consultant
Marco Saura

Production Consultant Italy
Fabio Parente

Photography
César Dezfuli

Sound Recordings
Fabio Fortunati
Alessandro Leonardi
Giandomenico Petillo
Malte Audick
Jakob Mäsel

Sound Postproduction
Timeline Studio

Sound Editing
Antonio Giannantonio

Foley Artist
Marco Ciorba

Gopro Footage
Flo Stadler

Additional Footage
Giulia Bertolazzi
Tommaso Gandini
Matteo Keffer
Lukas Steinbach
Roberto Salinas

Assistant Editors
Martina Ghezzi
Giacomo Villa
Leo Franke

Translations and Editing Coordination
Charlotte Marie Kretschmer

Title Design
Adriano Mestichella

Visual Postproduction
Cine Plus

Color Grading
Martin Szafranek

Screenings

12.08.18 Braunschweig Universum, 11:15, Braunschweig (GER)
10.07.18 Kino Prager Frühling, 18:00, Leipzig, (GER)
09.07.18 Kino Moviemento, 19:00, Berlin, (GER)
07.07.18 Piazza Castello, 12:30, Lampedusa, (IT)
01.07.18 Fusion Festival, 12:00, Lärz, (GER)
The documentary film Iuventa relates the events of a crucial year in the lives of a group of young Europeans all involved in different ways in the Jugend Rettet humanitarian project, starting from the first voyage of the Iuventa ship in the Mediterranean Sea to the heavy accusations that led to the seizure of the vessel more than a year later. The backbone of the narration is the ship’s first trip out to sea: setting sail from Malta, she comes back to La Valletta after 15 days offshore, having saved the lives of over 2,000 people. After the first mission the film takes us to Berlin and in Italy in the months following the first voyage, through the winter time when the future of the Jugend Rettet is discussed. The film, precisely because of the particularly young age of its protagonists, becomes the tale of a sort of training period: finding themselves at the forefront of this horror and death, and conscious of the vastness and complexities of the correlated socio-political problems, these youngsters start having doubts about the sense of the whole project which, it appears, determines in some way the loss of their innocence. The documentary film Iuventa relates the events of a crucial year in the lives of a group of young Europeans all involved in different ways in the Jugend Rettet humanitarian project, starting from the first voyage of the Iuventa ship in the Mediterranean Sea to the heavy accusations that led to the seizure of the vessel more than a year later. The backbone of the narration is the ship’s first trip out to sea: setting sail from Malta, she comes back to La Valletta after 15 days offshore, having saved the lives of over 2,000 people. After the first mission the film takes us to Berlin and in Italy in the months following the first voyage, through the winter time when the future of the Jugend Rettet is discussed. The film, precisely because of the particularly young age of its protagonists, becomes the tale of a sort of training period: finding themselves at the forefront of this horror and death, and conscious of the vastness and complexities of the correlated socio-political problems, these youngsters start having doubts about the sense of the whole project which, it appears, determines in some way the loss of their innocence. Il film documentario Iuventa racconta gli eventi di un anno cruciale della vita di un gruppo di giovani europei, tutti con differenti ruoli impegnati nel progetto umanitario della ONG Jugend Rettet: dal primo viaggio della nave Iuventa nel Mediterraneo fino alle pesanti accuse che hanno portato oltre un anno dopo al sequestro preventivo della nave nell’ambito di un’indagine sull’immigrazione clandestina. L’obiettivo della ONG dalla sua formazione è sempre stato quello di dimostrare che un programma di salvataggio nel Mediterraneo è non solo necessario ma è anche un dovere morale dell’Europa: i giovani di Jugend Rettet non hanno mai pensato di rappresentare niente di più che una soluzione temporanea al vuoto lasciato dall’Europa all’indomani della chiusura di Mare Nostrum. La narrazione del film è costruita a partire dalla prima missione della Iuventa: dalla partenza dal porto di Malta al ritorno della nave al porto della Valletta dopo 15 giorni in mare in cui sono state salvate oltre 2000 persone. Dopo la prima missione il film ci porta a Berlino e in Italia dove il futuro di Jugend Rettet viene messo in discussione. Il film, proprio per la giovane età dei protagonisti, è una sorta di racconto di formazione: il trovarsi davanti all’orrore della tragedia che si consuma quotidianamente nel Mediterraneo e la graduale presa di coscienza della complessità dei problemi socio politici connessi al grande tema della migrazione portano i giovani protagonisti a mettere in dubbio il senso dell’intero progetto che, in qualche modo, determina per loro la perdita dell’innocenza.

Timeline

18.04.2015 Mare Nostrum Closure and Shipwreck Mare Nostrum Closure and Shipwreck Chiusura Mare Nostrum e Naufragio
09.06.2016
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On 31 October 2014 the operation Mare Nostrum is shut down. On the night of 18 April 2015, off the coast of Libya, a ship carrying about 900 people is the victim of a tragic shipwreck, the numbers are chilling: 28 survivors, 58 confirmed victims and between 700 and 900 missing people. Reading of the tragedy, Jakob, a 19-year-old German student decides at that moment that it is mandatory to do something, turning his head to the other side for him and his friends is no longer an option. Thus, in reaction to one of the most dramatic tragedies of recent years in the Mediterranean Sea, the NGO Jugend Rettet is born from the idea of a group of young students, to carry out the necessary humanitarian work that Europe is no longer doing on its borders. On 31 October 2014 the operation Mare Nostrum is shut down. On the night of 18 April 2015, off the coast of Libya, a ship carrying about 900 people is the victim of a tragic shipwreck, the numbers are chilling: 28 survivors, 58 confirmed victims and between 700 and 900 missing people. Reading of the tragedy, Jakob, a 19-year-old German student decides at that moment that it is mandatory to do something, turning his head to the other side for him and his friends is no longer an option. Thus, in reaction to one of the most dramatic tragedies of recent years in the Mediterranean Sea, the NGO Jugend Rettet is born from the idea of a group of young students, to carry out the necessary humanitarian work that Europe is no longer doing on its borders. Il 31 Ottobre 2014 viene chiusa l’operazione Mare Nostrum. La notte del 18 Aprile 2015 al largo delle coste della Libia un’imbarcazione con a bordo circa 900 persone è vittima di un tragico naufragio, i numeri sono agghiaccianti: 28 superstiti, 58 vittime accertate e tra 700 e 900 dispersi. Leggendo della tragedia, Jakob, un ragazzo tedesco di 19 anni decide in quel momento che è necessario fare qualcosa in prima persona, voltare la testa dall'altra parte per lui e per i suoi amici immediatamente non è più un'opzione. Così, in reazione a una delle più drammatiche tragedie degli ultimi anni nel Mediterraneo, dall'idea di un gruppo di ventenni nasce l’ONG Jugend Rettet, per svolgere il necessario lavoro umanitario che l’Europa ha smesso di fare ai suoi confini.
09.06.2016 Emden Harbour Emder Hafen Porto di Emden
18.04.2015
29.06.2016
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After a long crowdfunding campaign and about 8 months’ search for the right sort of boat, the 10 students who founded Jugend Rettet are finally fixing up the old fishing boat renamed Iuventa. Shortly they will be leaving Germany to travel towards Malta that will be the operating base for the rescue missions. After a long crowdfunding campaign and about 8 months’ search for the right sort of boat, the 10 students who founded Jugend Rettet are finally fixing up the old fishing boat renamed Iuventa. Shortly they will be leaving Germany to travel towards Malta that will be the operating base for the rescue missions. Dopo una lunga campagna di crowdfunding e circa 8 mesi di ricerca per trovare l’imbarcazione più adatta, i 10 studenti che hanno fondato la Jugend Rettet stanno finalmente sistemando il vecchio peschereccio rinominato Iuventa. Tra poco partiranno dalla Germania verso Malta che sarà la base operativa per le missioni di salvataggio.
29.06.2016 Lazy Film on Board Lazy Film on Board Lazy Film sale a bordo
09.06.2016
17.07.2016
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On June 29th 2016 the news that Iuventa is finally operational and is traveling from Germany to Malta reaches Italy and is published by various newspapers. Reading about the utopian idea of Jugend Rettet Director Michele Cinque immediately feels that this would be the subject of his next film and decides, without any preparation, to leave for Malta to join the crew. Three days later he manages to embark on the first rescue mission of the Iuventa. On June 29th 2016 the news that Iuventa is finally operational and is traveling from Germany to Malta reaches Italy and is published by various newspapers. Reading about the utopian idea of Jugend Rettet Director Michele Cinque immediately feels that this would be the subject of his next film and decides, without any preparation, to leave for Malta to join the crew. Three days later he manages to embark on the first rescue mission of the Iuventa. Il 29 Giugno 2016 la notizia che la Iuventa è finalmente operativa ed è in viaggio dalla Germania verso Malta raggiunge l’Italia e viene pubblicata da diverse testate. Leggendo dell'idea utopica dei ventenni tedeschi di Jugend Rettet il regista Michele Cinque capisce immediatamente che quella sarebbe stata la materia del suo prossimo film e senza nessuna preparazione decide di partire per Malta con tutte le attrezzature per incontrare i ragazzi. Tre giorni dopo riesce ad imbarcarsi per la prima missione di salvataggio con la crew di Iuventa.
17.07.2016 Malta Harbour Malta Hafen Porto di Malta
29.06.2016
24.07.2016
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Preparations are in full swing during the last days before the first mission sets off. We meet Jakob, the founder of Jugend Rettet, who describes the sense of the whole project and the captain of the boat, Benedict, who illustrates the route they will take. Preparations are in full swing during the last days before the first mission sets off. We meet Jakob, the founder of Jugend Rettet, who describes the sense of the whole project and the captain of the boat, Benedict, who illustrates the route they will take. I giorni prima della partenza della prima missione fervono di preparativi. Incontriamo Jakob, il fondatore di Jugend Rettet, che racconta il senso dell’intero progetto e il capitano Benedict che mostra la rotta da intraprendere.
24.07.2016 Start of Mission Beginn der Mission Inizio Missione
17.07.2016
02.08.2016
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On the night of the 24th July 2016 at last the Iuventa leaves the port of Malta for the first mission called Solidarity. 16 days of operations at sea are planned, and about 7,000 litres of diesel will be needed to travel 1,200 nautical miles. On the night of the 24th July 2016 at last the Iuventa leaves the port of Malta for the first mission called Solidarity. 16 days of operations at sea are planned, and about 7,000 litres of diesel will be needed to travel 1,200 nautical miles. La notte del 24 Luglio 2016 finalmente la Iuventa lascia il porto di Malta per la prima missione denominata Solidarity. Si prevedono 16 giorni di operazioni in Marte aperto, un consumo di circa 7.000 litri di gasolio per percorrere circa 1200 miglia nautiche.
02.08.2016 International Waters I Internationale Gewässer I Acque Internazionali I
24.07.2016
15.08.2016
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On the 2nd August, the Iuventa rescued 249 people who were aboard two rubber dinghies clearly in difficulty. Despite the presence of military ships, the Iuventa was requested for the first time by the IMRCC to head towards Lampedusa to carry out the transfer. Given the difficulties caused by adverse weather conditions and lack of provisions on board, the units CP312 and CP324 of the Italian Coastguard were sent. On the 2nd August, the Iuventa rescued 249 people who were aboard two rubber dinghies clearly in difficulty. Despite the presence of military ships, the Iuventa was requested for the first time by the IMRCC to head towards Lampedusa to carry out the transfer. Given the difficulties caused by adverse weather conditions and lack of provisions on board, the units CP312 and CP324 of the Italian Coastguard were sent. Il 02 Agosto la Iuventa ha tratto in salvo 249 persone che erano a bordo di due gommoni in evidente difficoltà. Nonostante la presenza di navi militari alla Iuventa è stato richiesto per la prima volta dall’IMRCC di dirigersi in direzione di Lampedusa per effettuare il transfer. Impossibilitati per le condizioni del mare e la mancanza di provviste a bordo sono state mandate le unità CP312 e CP 324 dalla Guardia Costiera Italiana.
15.08.2016 International Waters II Internationale Gewässer II Acque Internazionali II
02.08.2016
17.01.2017
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On the 15th August 2016, during the second mission, the Iuventa sights a rubber dinghy in international waters, overloaded with migrants. The rescue mission authorized by the IMRCC is coordinated with the Seawatch RIB. The situation suddenly becomes critical when one side of the rubber dinghy collapses. Thanks to the swift intervention of the Iuventa and Seawatch crews all the migrants are rescued. (Viewing of these images is not recommended for sensitive people). On the 15th August 2016, during the second mission, the Iuventa sights a rubber dinghy in international waters, overloaded with migrants. The rescue mission authorized by the IMRCC is coordinated with the Seawatch RIB. The situation suddenly becomes critical when one side of the rubber dinghy collapses. Thanks to the swift intervention of the Iuventa and Seawatch crews all the migrants are rescued. (Viewing of these images is not recommended for sensitive people). Il 15 Agosto 2016, durante la seconda missione, la Iuventa avvista un gommone stracarico in acque Internazionali, il salvataggio autorizzato dall’IMRCC è stato coordinato con il Rib di Seawatch. La situazione è diventata da un momento all’altro critica quando uno dei tubi del gommone ha collassato. Grazie al tempestivo intervento degli operatori di Iuventa e Seawatch tutti i migranti sono stati tratti in salvo. (immagini non cosigliate a un pubblico sensibile).
17.01.2017 Hotel Colibri, Biella Hotel Colibri, Biella Hotel Colibri, Biella
15.08.2016
09.03.2017
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Cesar Dezfuli is working on a photographic project, going round the reception centres in Italy, meeting some of the people rescued during the Iuventa’s first mission. He meets up with three of them at the Hotel Colibrì in Biella. Cesar Dezfuli is working on a photographic project, going round the reception centres in Italy, meeting some of the people rescued during the Iuventa’s first mission. He meets up with three of them at the Hotel Colibrì in Biella. Cesar Dezfuli sta lavorando a un progetto fotografico in giro per i centri di accoglienza in Italia incontrando alcuni dei ragazzi salvati durante la prima missione della Iuventa. All’hotel Colibri a Biella ritrova 3 dei ragazzi salvati.
09.03.2017 First Mission in 2017 First Mission in 2017 Prima Missione del 2017
17.01.2017
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After 3 months of maintenance work on March 09th the Iuventa sets off for the first mission of 2017. In Italy, since February 2017, NGOs are at the center of all kind of accusations and insinuations made by public opinion and politics. Despite this, the mission involves young volunteers from all over Europe and concludes by saving 110 people. Photos by Federico Sutera. After 3 months of maintenance work on March 09th the Iuventa sets off for the first mission of 2017. In Italy, since February 2017, NGOs are at the center of all kind of accusations and insinuations made by public opinion and politics. Despite this, the mission involves young volunteers from all over Europe and concludes by saving 110 people. Photos by Federico Sutera. Dopo 3 mesi di lavori di manutenzione il 09 Marzo La Iuventa parte per la prima missione del 2017. Da febbraio 2017 in Italia le ONG sono al centro di accuse e insinuazioni da parte dell'opinione pubblica e della politica. Nonostante questo la missione coinvolge giovani volontari da tutta Europa e si conclude avendo salvato 110 persone. Foto di Federico Sutera.

Passengers

Photography by César Dezfuli

On 1st August 2016, 118 people were rescued from a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautical miles off from the Libyan coast. One more of the hundreds of boats that have been rescued from this migratory route in the past years. Only in 2016, when historical records were beaten, 181.436 migrants were rescued safe, while 4.576 lost their lives at sea.
But who is behind these numbers? What is the identity of the victims and survivors of this journey?
In an attempt to put name and face to this reality, to humanize this tragedy, I carry out this work of documentation composed of 118 portraits of all the people who traveled on board the same boat, taken minutes after their rescue, once on board of the rescue vessel Iuventa, from the search and rescue NGO Jugend Rettet. Their faces, their looks, the marks on their body, their clothes or the absence of it... reflect the mood and physical state in which they are in a moment that has already marked their lives forever. Documenting it can serve to bring this migration reality closer to those who only observe it from a distance.
Here are the protagonist and passengers of that rescue, that one more rescue, that took place in the Mediterranean Sea on 1st August 2016.

Interviews

Interview #1Jakob, Founder of Jugend Rettet

Interview #2Titus, Mission Coordinator

Interview #3Kathrin, Head of Mission

Interview #4Benedikt, Captain

Interview #5Christof, Mechanical Engineer

Interview #6Sasha, Head of Mission

Interview #7Pauline, Head of Press Office

Interview #8César, Photojournalist

Sound Postproduction
Timeline Studio

Sound Editing
Antonio Giannantonio

Foley Artist
Marco Ciorba

Gopro Footage
Flo Stadler

Additional Footage
Giulia Bertolazzi
Tommaso Gandini
Matteo Keffer
Lukas Steinbach
Roberto Salinas

Assistant Editors
Martina Ghezzi
Giacomo Villa
Leo Franke

Translations and Editing Coordination
Charlotte Marie Kretschmer

Title Design
Adriano Mestichella

Visual Postproduction
Cine Plus

Color Grading
Martin Szafranek
A film by Michele Cinque

Editing
Piero Lassandro

Cinematography
Michele Cinque
Martina Cocco

Music
Danielle de Picciotto
Alexander Hacke

Sound Design and Mix
Giuseppe D’Amato
Giancarlo Rutigliano

Executive Producers
Christof Brüning
Michele Cinque
Ognjen Dizdarevic
René Frotscher

Producers
Thomas Jeschner
Volker Zobelt
Luca Pancaldi

Production Designer
Valerio Ciampicacigli
Writing Consultant
Marco Saura

Production Consultant Italy
Fabio Parente

Photography
César Dezfuli

Sound Recordings
Fabio Fortunati
Alessandro Leonardi
Giandomenico Petillo
Malte Audick
Jakob Mäsel
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Producer Italy
Valerio Ciampicacigli
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Ognjen Dizdarevic
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Producer Germany
René Frotscher
rene@sundayfilm.de

Distributor Germany
Farb Film Verleih
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