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Country: Malta

Genre: Drama



Young Theo (Adrian Farrugia) is sent on his first trip with his Maltese seafaring family, but things go terribly wrong when the 'Simshar' sinks, leaving the crew stranded in the Mediterranean. Simultaneously, Alex - a medic reluctantly dispatched onto a Turkish Merchant vessel which has rescued a group of stranded African boat people between Malta and Italy - gets stuck on the boat as the countries wage a bureaucratic war over who should take in the migrants.


  • Based on the real-life Simshar Incident of 2008, in which an explosion took place aboard the fishing vessel 'Simshar' off the eastern coast of Malta, leaving the five survivors adrift on a makeshift raft made of floating debris.
  • This was the first time that Malta submitted a film for the Best Foreign Language Oscar (to be awarded at the 87th Academy Awards, 2015), though in the event the film did not make the finalists. However, the film was the recipient of several awards at various film festivals including the Special Achievement Award at the 2015 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival and the prize for Best International Feature at the 2015 Edmonton International Film Festival.
Picture for Simshar


  • Lotfi Abdelli
  • Jimi Busuttil
  • Sékouba Doucouré
  • Chrysander Agius
  • Adrian Farrugia
  • Clare Agius
  • Mark Mifsud
  • Kurt Zammit

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