No Man Is an Island
Directed by: Tim De Keersmaecker
Language: Italian/Arabic/Akan (subtitles)
Length: 70 minutes/North American Premiere
Hart House Theatre – May 1 – 9:30pm
Scotiabank Theatre 3 – May 3 – 4:00pm
Isabel Bader Theatre – May 7 – 1:00pm
Director Tim De Keersmaecker and producer Emmy Oost will be attending from April 30 to May 4.
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The tiny island of Lampedusa rests in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea—a prime gateway for African refugees into Europe and a jumping-off point into greater Italy. For the few who remain on the island, this sanctuary comes at a cost. For Adam, a 16-year-old Ghanaian boy adopted into the family that employs him, the push to assimilate into Italian culture is tempered by sinister undercurrents of racism. Fleeing with many Tunisians during the Arab Spring, 21-year-old Omar has also found an adoptive family, but it’s impossible to ignore his loneliness on the provincial island and his intense yearning for companionship. Both young men walk among the Lampedusiani looking for connection but finding only strangers. Like great poetry, this visually arresting and perceptive double portrait illustrates the ineffable qualities of their experience.