May 27, 2024 7:15 PM

Two Senegalese teenagers living in Dakar yearn for a brighter future in Europe. Yet between their dreams and reality lies a treacherous journey through a labyrinth of checkpoints, the scorched Saharan desert, a fetid North African prison and the vast waters of the Mediterranean where thousands have died packed inside vessels barely fit for passage. 121 min English Subtitles Nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Film Season Sponsor: Rastin's Pharmacy Film Date Sponsor: Retail Prophet: Doug Stephens

The late film critic Roger Ebert called movies an “empathy machine,” and “Io Capitano” stands as director Garrone’s plea for empathy in a debate that sorely lacks it. G. Allen Johnson/San Francisco Chronicle
Garrone’s film has a three-dimensional and devastatingly realized human soul at its core. The world could do with paying attention to Seydou’s story and the millions of other real ones like it. Leila Latif/Indiewire

Io Capitano doesn’t try to convince viewers whether Seydou, Moussa, and all the other migrants have a right to seek a better life. What it does do, however, is tell their story in a way that makes them far more human and relatable than most of the news stories we see nowadays. Odie Henderson/Boston Globe

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