By Ionian BISAI, Sotiris TSIGANOS


True Story - Completed 2020

Four female voices interweave a polyphonic narration of the story of Katër i Radës, the first boat that sank in a naval blockade against migration flows.

& Awards

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • True Story, Drama, Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 24 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ionian BISAI, Sotiris TSIGANOS
    • Synopsis
    • Katër i Radës was the first boat that sank in a naval blockade against migration flows. Now it is a monument for global migration established by the same author- ity that ordered its sinking.

      During the civil war in Albania more and more people were seeking a way out. On 28 March 1997, at the port of Vlorë, Alba- nia, 120 people boarded the ves- sel Katër i Radës bound for Italy. In the Otranto Canal, the Italian navy warship Sibilla intercepted the Albanian ship, using military manoeuvres. The military action was part of Operation White Flags (operazione Bandiere Bi- anche), by mutual agreement of the Italian and Albanian state, which gave the Italian navy per- mission to patrol the entire Ot- ranto Canal and prevent Albani- ans from escaping the country. The Albanian boat sank, causing the death of 81 people, including women and children; justice for this still has not been done.

      In the film, four female voices interweave a polyphonic narra- tion of the story, asking questions
      ignored by the media and the court. The relatives of the victims perform a voyage by crossing the Mediterranean Sea following the same route. During the voyage they reexamine the traces of the event and the transformation of the shipwreck from evidence into a context-free sculpture. In front of the distorted shipwreck, a restorative act brings back the missing memory.