Synopsis

In 2015 our team produced 50 Feet from Syria - focused on the civilian impact of the Syrian conflict. This was the first of a triad of films focused on one of the great humanitarian crises of our time – the plight of refugees in a global and interconnected world. 

 

In a political environment increasingly hostile to immigrants and refugees, documenting the real-life plight of those fleeing war and oppression is more vital and important than ever. 

 

LIFEBOAT bears witness to refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya in the middle of the night, despite a high probability of drowning. With few resources but certain that civil society must intervene, volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts. 

 

In a real-life context with dire consequences, LIFEBOAT puts a human face on one of the world’s greatest contemporary, global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way.

LIFEBOAT

"...[the] film masterfully sells you on the severity of Sea-Watch's mission which is equal parts thrilling and terrifying...Lifeboat provokes audiences into wisened empathy with the realities and hardships of the travelling refugees experience without ever veering into the realm of exploitation."

-CHRIS LUCIANTONIO,  FILM PULSE

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Trailer

News

 
 

IDA review of LIFEBOAT

MovieMaker article on making of LIFEBOAT

Lifeboat review on New Yorker

FILM PULSE review

A Lunch Where Sound Mixer and Star Get Equal Billing by NY Times

Lifeboat shortlisted by Academy 

Lifeboat nominated as Best Short of 2018 by International Documentary Association

Lifeboat wins Best Short Doc at Woodstock International Film Festival

Lifeboat honored with Jury Award at Traverse City Film Festival

Lifeboat wins at Dublin International Shorts Film Festival

Lifeboat screens at Mountainfilm in Aspen

Lifeboat selected to screen at Hawaii International Film Festival

Lifeboat wins Best Short at Courage Film Festival in Berlin

Lifeboat screens at Arabisches Film Festival in Tubingen, Germany

LIFEBOAT featured on The Build Show in NYC

'Lifeboat' Puts a Human Face on Europe's Refugee Crisis, Shortlisted for Oscar

Short of the Week review

Lifeboat nominated for an Oscar

Shuffle Online review

Lifeboat screens for Human Rights Commission of US Congress 

Lifeboat wins Best Short at world premiere at Mountainfilm in Telluride

Lifeboat wins Special Jury Award at BendFilm

Lifeboat wins wins social justice Act now  award at Crested Butte Film Festival

Lifeboat selected to screen at Hamptons International Film Festival

Lifeboat screens at Holly Shorts in Los Angeles

Lifeboat receives highly competitive Mountainfilm Commitment Grant​​

Lifeboat screens at Refugees Welcome Film Festival in Berlin​​

International Maritime Human Rights Conference (London) screening

Credits

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Producer

KENNY ALLEN

Director of Photography

Original Score

 

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