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Simshar (2014)

TV-14 | | Drama | 27 April 2014 (Malta)
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Young Theo is sent on his first trip with his Maltese sea faring family, but things go terribly wrong when the 'Simshar' sinks, leaving the crew stranded in the Mediterranean... ... See full summary »


Rebecca Cremona
12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lotfi Abdelli Lotfi Abdelli ... Simon
Jimi Busuttil Jimi Busuttil ... Karmenu
Sékouba Doucouré Sékouba Doucouré ... Moussa
Chrysander Agius Chrysander Agius ... John
Adrian Farrugia Adrian Farrugia ... Theo
Clare Agius Clare Agius ... Sharin
Mark Mifsud Mark Mifsud ... Alex
Kurt Zammit Kurt Zammit ... Aiden
Pierre Stafrace Pierre Stafrace ... Pawlu
Laura Kpegli Laura Kpegli ... Makeda
Antonella Axisa ... Monica
David Leguesse David Leguesse ... Lecca Sailor
Tumer Gencturk Tumer Gencturk ... Murat
Tesfu Mekonnen Tesfu Mekonnen ... Rahwa's Brother
Mahlet Grech Mahlet Grech ... Rahwa


Young Theo is sent on his first trip with his Maltese sea faring family, but things go terribly wrong when the 'Simshar' sinks, leaving the crew stranded in the Mediterranean... Simultaneously, Alex - a medic reluctantly dispatched onto a Turkish Merchant vessel which has rescued a group of stranded African boat people between Malta and Italy - gets stuck on the boat as the countries wage a bureaucratic war over who should take in the migrants... The stories unravel in parallel and culminate tragically when the fishermen are traced down, but by that time there's only one survivor. Written by Rebecca Cremona

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27 April 2014 (Malta) See more »

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First ever submission of Malta to the best foreign language film category of the Academy Awards. See more »

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3 November 2016 | by lischneiderSee all my reviews

The 2014 film called, "Simshar," inspired by true events, and directed by Rebecca Cremona, is a slow paced, yet somehow exhilarating film concerning the tragedies of Simshar -- the boat and the people on board. This film, although somewhat slow and tedious, kept me on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. There were many obstacles the main characters faced that caused me to be frustrated for them because they were in such tough situations on the water. Many global perspectives can be inferred and taken from the film in different ways. For instance, when the main characters (including the father, his son, and the father's friend) were hanging on for their lives on one raft in the ocean, they were seeking for help, obviously. However, when the father's friend was waving his hands for help when a big ship went by, the ship decided to keep moving along because of the color of the father's friend's skin. This was interesting and somewhat shocking to me -- to see the line drawn out between immigrants and other people within a country. This intrigued me, and it set a new global perspective out for me.

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