Vol. 23 No. 1 (2020): Anno XXIII, 1-2020

An Island’s Lazy Eye. Interweaving Pedagogical Dimensions in Fire at Sea

Paolo Bonafede
Docente a contratto di Pedagogia della socialità digitale – Università di Trento
Gabriele Brancaleoni
Dottore di ricerca in Letteratura per l’infanzia - Università di Bologna
Published July 5, 2020
  • Fire at sea,
  • Otherness,
  • cohabit,
  • narration
How to Cite
Bonafede, P., & Brancaleoni, G. (2020). An Island’s Lazy Eye. Interweaving Pedagogical Dimensions in Fire at Sea. Studi Sulla Formazione/Open Journal of Education, 23(1), 139-156. https://doi.org/10.13128/ssf-11101


In this study, the two authors focus on the analysis of Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary film Fire At Sea in which a child, just as a contemporary Virgil, becomes the narrator of an emblematic historical context and peculiar socio-cultural dynamics. The setting of the island of Lampedusa and Rosi’s characters are symbolically used to reflect on the human tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea and question its relational outcomes on an existential level: meetings, clashes, rejection, indifference, recognition, care. This research aims to provide a double reading of this filmic narration by taking into account the dialogical relation between representation and ethics. The film is interpreted through the lens of children’s literature and of collective imagery analysis, thus exploring its narrative dimension from the point of view of philosophy of education and its axiological reflections.


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