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...tribal elders and put him on the path to learning about African history and dreaming of freedom and equality for black South Africans. He became increasingly politically active and in 1944 joined the African National Congress. For many years he led non-violent...


...athlete. She is laughing and smiling, and blowing a kiss toward the camera in Jamaica when it was filmed last year.South Africans also saw her swimming in the ocean and watching people jump off a cliff and into the sea, shaking her head as they leaped...


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Now Playing Synopsis: A man is put in jeopardy when he's forced to help a family with nowhere to turn in this drama from Italian filmmaker Filippo Pucillo. Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) is an elderly fisherman who lives on the Sicilian island of Linosa. The fishing business has gone into a slump and many on the island have either opened businesses catering to tourists or moved elsewhere, though his twenty-year-old grandson Filippo (Filippo Pucillo) works with him over the objects of his more pragmatic mother (Donatella Finocchiaro). Political and economic unrest in North Africa has caused a growing number of people to flee the country in hopes of relocating in Europe, and the Sicilian government has firmly warned sailors not to pick up Africans attempting to enter the country illegally by boat. When Ernesto sees a young man (Rubel Tsegay Abraha) and his pregnant mother (Timnit T.) drowning after fleeing a small boat, his conscience forces him to rescue them, and after the woman gives birth not long after they reach shore, the old man and his family become unwitting criminals as the give the immigrant family a place to stay. Terraferma received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Filippo Pucillo, Beppe Fiorello, Donatella Finocchiaro, Mimmo Cuticchio, Giuseppe Fiorello, Timnit T. Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review



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