These figures no longer have any meaning. According to the IOM, since the year 2000, over 22,000 migrants have lost their lives trying to reach Europe. The majority of them died in the Mediterranean.
The real extent of the drama defies any count. How many individuals have disappeared at sea without anyone knowing about it?
Incomplete in essence, these figures are especially powerless in recounting the individuality of the journey, as well as the pain and suffering. Migrants are lost in the anonymity of the mass. Dissolved.
Each massive shipwreck creates media and political outrage. Then, very quickly, the victims are forgotten. It is not uncommon to find bodies buried hastily in mass graves, without any identi cation process.
In this darkness of anonymity, we have met stubborn and persistent sources of light. For years, forensic pathologists have been trying to restore a name, dignity and a memory to these forgotten souls.
This is a humble and patient work, like a helping hand reaching out to the families who, perhaps one day, may find their loved ones.
This is a battle. It’s harsh, stirring, and sometimes even joyful – so are our heroes.
From nothingness to the living, the film engages in their scientific, moral, and political struggle. By giving the dead their dignity back, they vouch for ours.