In the summer of 2017, a group of inexperienced idealists in the port of Rotterdam prepare for their voyage to the Mediterranean where they will pick up boat refugees for an NGO.

The former trawler is taken out of service and refitted. Plenty of discussions take place before restoration of the aging ship: how many doctors and nurses will staff the former fish store, now a treatment room? And should there be a cold store, for the deceased?

After the inevitable troubles, the ship – captained by a strong-willed Rotterdammer – arrives at its destination off the Libyan coast where the first refugee boats can be spotted and where, some say, pirates lurk. The unsuspecting volunteers and the camera witness a number of joyful rescues as well as the indelible sight of those for whom help came too late.

Filmmaker
René Hazekamp
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Dutch, English
Producer
Rob Vermeulen
Production Company
Holland Harbour Productions
Sales
Holland Harbour Productions
Writer
René Hazekamp
Cinematography
René Hazekamp
Editor
Jasper Verhorevoort
Sound Design
Florian Jankowsky
Music
Florian Jankowsky