Purple Sea (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 7m

When the boat on which she was crossing to Germany capsized off the coast of Lesbos, Syrian artist Amel Alzakout recorded the events using a waterproof camera strapped to her wrist. Co-directed with filmmaker Khaled Abdulwahed, Purple Sea is assembled from the extraordinary images captured during the period she and the other passengers spent trapped in the water. Adrift on the open sea, time seems to stand still as—beyond the chaos and a chorus of cries—a terrible calm descends. Alzakout poignantly narrates her perilous journey, and her poetic commentary feeds into a confrontational psychological reflection on this moment of personal crisis and collective tragedy.

Screens with: Shipwreck at the Threshold of Europe, Lesvos, Aegean Sea Forensic Architecture | 2020 | UK | 23’

3 Logical Exits Mahdi Fleifel | 2020 | Denmark, United Kingdom, Lebanon | 15’

Please be advised that a film within this programme contains images of death which some viewers may find distressing

Available to book here. All films included in this package will become available for viewing on 12th September at midday.

Please note, this film is only available to view in the UK.


Amel Alzakout



Bonus Content

32 mins
Purple Sea Director Q&A

Q&A with directors Amel Alzakout & Khaled Abdulwahed. Hosted by Kevin B Lee. Translation by Bayan Abughaida.

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