SOMA Film Festival and SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center) are excited to bring an Academy Award nominated film to this year’s program.

Fire at Sea is a groundbreaking documentary from noted Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, and sets the migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders.

Academy Award winning actress, and Summit native Meryl Streep declares, “a daring hybrid of captured footage and deliberate storytelling that allows us to consider what documentary can do. It is urgent, imaginative and necessary filmmaking.” Fire at Sea was the winner of the coveted “Golden Bear” at the Berlin Film Festival where Ms. Streep was a judge.  

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With a limited American run in theaters, Matt Smollon, Director of the SOMA Film Festival states, “through the tireless work of Saran Klein (a Maplewood filmmaker) we were able to secure Fire at Sea and share it with our audience. This is a big moment for our growing festival.”  

Fire at Sea will screen Saturday evening at 8:15 p.m. in SOPAC’s main theater, where the entirety of the festival will run.  

To come see Fire at Sea, and many other great long and short films please visit or for your passes.