Europe at Sea (2017)

Director: Annalisa Piras

Writer: Annalisa Piras


Plot: Exclusive access to top of the EU as Europe faces a crumbling world order.

Runtime: 1 Hour 1 Minute


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Insightful Documentary


Story: Europe at Sea starts as we learn Federica Mogherini is leading the Foreign and security policy of the European Union which is 500 million citizens, during the latest year 2017 being one of the worlds most violent since World War II.

Federica is searching for answers to how to make Europe safe with the constant war and poverty surrounding Europe, be it from the East or from the South, the African countries.

We follow how human trafficking is being tackled, immigration is being approached putting lives above anything else and how climate change is being dealt with. We also learn how the Europe is trying to work with Africa in a partnership, how Britain going for the Brexit movement changing how policies would be pushed through and the election of Donald Trump who only wants to put America first, not the world like Federica’s planned policy includes.


Thoughts on Europe at Sea


ThoughtsWhen it comes to documentaries you need to want to take in the subject, this film takes in the struggles to push European Policy through for Federica Mogherini. 2017 just became even more challenging for reasons outside her control. As one of the people who didn’t see the motivation behind leaving the EU i can see how it can make things difficult going forward. This is essential viewing for anyone who doesn’t understand the EU policies, because it gives you an easy to understand approach to what they are trying to do. I do wish this would be shown on main stream television over the reality TV nonsense, to help educate people too. I have learnt a lot that I didn’t know about and now I feel more able to understand what the EU is planning for.


Overall: Must watch documentary for all to see.





2 comments on “Europe at Sea (2017)

  1. French/English review (scroll down for French)

    Finally out ! Get ready to be shocked ! With “Europe at Sea”, the tone is clear, the facts verified and full of drama (well, it is a movie hey!) … the issue is: this is non-fictional, this is real.

    To grasp the importance of this movie, we must understand the journey of Piras, Italian reporter / journalist, London-based working for an Italian TV for a decade before turning Director. Piras saw her country sinking into populism and widespread corruption and become the laughingstock of Europe. “Girlfriend in a Coma” was a response to this reflexion, a review of the rise of populism in Italy, with in the background, a parallel with Europe falling slowly towards a similar fate … absolutely brilliant and hopeful too.

    In her second opus “The Great European Disaster movie”, Piras raised the debate and the stakes and focused on Europe. She literally predicted Brexit a year ahead of the referendum while projecting a dark future with a stalled and broken Europe.

    Now “Europe at Sea” made me very sad and angry at the same time. We have all seen the images of the “forsakens”, thousands of souls left drifting and dying in the Mediterranean sea … Here, Piras analyses and deciphers a complex geopolitical situation, fuelled by the inability of our leaders to make the right strategic decisions, in conflict between their national and european political interests.

    The movie is focusing on the work of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and her daily fight to shake the political chessboard and bring a better future for Europe while avoiding systemic failures. But it may be already too late …
    Quoting “La Haine” movie famous line … “The problem … is not the fall, but the landing …”

    Piras brings social, moral and financial issues to the table and wants to initialise a debate (I think) for all Europeans about what Europe could be but also warns us (with her darker side that makes her unique style) against the dangers of immobilism and the need to protect ourselves (militarily if necessary) to better decide and control our future, as Europeans.

    Life hates void … If there is a void, Nature will fill it. Make your choices while you can, or life will do it for you … This is the message Piras sends us.

    I enjoyed her first movie, I did not believe her in the 2nd one but she was in fact spot on, and this is what is scary … If she is right with “Europe At Sea”, we better buckle up and find a tiny island to live on … or fight for our Europe.

    We need to lead, show our strengths to the world and put humanity at the center of our actions. Now !

    — French Review —

    Prêt(es) au décollage ! Voilà le troisième opus d’Annalisa Piras, directrice / journaliste Italienne qui n’a pas peur de choquer ! Bien au contraire.
    Personnellement, j’attendais ce film avec impatience et je ne suis pas déçu ! Le ton est clair, les faits vérifiés, et le film dramaturge (c’est un film!).

    Pour saisir l’importance de ce film, il faut comprendre la vie de cette journaliste basée à Londres, reporter/journaliste Londonienne pour une TV Italienne pendant 10 ans. Piras vu son pays sombrer dans l’idiotie populiste et la corruption généralisée pour devenir la risée de l’Europe. “Girlfriend in a Coma”, ou une revue de la montée du populisme en Italie sur fond d’Europe en malaise … fut absolument brillant et plein d’espoir pour une renaissance Italienne.

    Dans son deuxième opus, elle élève le débat et focalise sur l’Europe avec “The Great European Disaster movie” et confirme une année en avance le Brexit Anglais avec en filigrane la projection d’une Europe perdue, détruite dépeignant un futur sombre qui fait le style unique de Piras.

    Piras cherche à choquer et à ouvrir, je le pense, des réflexions morales, citoyennes et sociales.

    “Europe at Sea” m’a simplement fait pleurer de tristesse et enragé en même temps. Nous avons tous vu les images des oubliés de la mer Méditerranée, perdus et mourant à la dérive … Piras analyse et dépeint une situation géopolitique complexe, sclérosée par une incapacité de nos dirigeants à prendre les (bonnes) décisions stratégiques, en conflit entre leurs politiques nationale et européenne qui cohabitent mal.

    Le film est centré sur Federica Mogherini, Haute représentante de l’Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité; et de son combat quotidien visant à réveiller, secouer l’Europe et ses politiciens pour déterminer un meilleur futur pour tous … Mais il est peu être déjà trop tard.
    J’ajouterai simplement la citation du film “La Haine”: “Le problème, ce n’est pas le chute, c’est l’atterrissage …”

    Piras propose des pistes de réflexion (sociale, morale, financière) pour tous les Européens de ce que l’Europe pourrait être … Mais nous met aussi en garde contre les dangers de la non-action et de la nécessité à nous protéger (militairement s’il le faut) pour mieux contrôler et décider de notre futur.

    J’ai adoré son premier film, je n’ai pas cru à ses prédictions dans son 2ème mais elle avait raison, et là est le problème … Si elle a de nouveau raison avec “Europe At Sea”, il est temps de préparer un départ vers une petite île déserte … ou de se mettre au travail et de se battre, de se lever, de montrer l’exemple, de joindre nos forces et de mettre l’humanité au coeur de nos actions. Maintenant !

    La vie a horreur du vide … S’il y a un vide, elle le comblera. Faites vos choix pendant que vous le pouvez, ou la vie le fera pour vous !


  2. *update*

    Piras, Italian London based journalist, producer, film director who spent three decades ​​working in journalism and documentary before deciding to take on bigger challenges.

    Piras, reporter, productrice et directrice basée à Londres qui a passé 30 ans dans le journalisme et le documentaire avant de combiner les deux expériences dans ses films.

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