Euronews to air exclusive, behind-the-scenes documentary filmed on board the migrant ship that divided Europe.
Lyon, France – 13 July 2018 – On Monday, July 16 at 9 p.m., Euronews will broadcast an exclusive documentary based on its extraordinary reporting on rescue operations in the
Mediterranean, where the Aquarius became unexpectedly caught up in Europe’s bitter dispute over migration.
Euronews correspondent Anelise Borges spent 10 days on board the Aquarius, a rescue vessel operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée. Anelise was the only television journalist on board. She filmed around the clock, using only an iPhone, to capture the human story of the men, women and children who risked everything to reach Europe. Her reporting became an essential source for other media outlets covering the migration issue.
The documentary, “10 DAYS AT SEA: The Real Story of the Aquarius” begins with the rescue of more than 200 people from the Mediterranean over five hours. It was a complex
and dangerous operation during which two refugees drowned. The Italian coast guard then brought hundreds more rescued people to the Aquarius, which ended up with more than 600 refugees and migrants, including 120 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women.
The film then follows the decision, by Italy and subsequently Malta, to refuse the Aquarius access to their ports – and the excruciating wait to know who would take the migrants in. It also portrays the bitter debate and unresolved tensions within the EU over what to do with migrants who attempt the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.
The documentary captures the bonds of friendship that formed between the migrants and the rescue workers during the voyage, and the emotional farewells as they disembarked in Spain to begin a new life.
Coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières
“I hope this will help bring a different reaction – and that Europe will focus on the
dignity and on the security of these people.”
“I think that the most powerful aspect of the work that we journalists do is that
every story changes you in a way. Everywhere you go, you come back a different
person. Everyone you meet makes you just a little bit more human. Aquarius
was an extraordinary journey into the hopes, and fears, of people. Human beings
like you and me. And that was the most important part of the story I had to tell
during those days at sea”
President, NBC News International
“Euronews is investing in frontline journalism, capturing Europe’s story on the
ground in the places where change is happening. “Ten Days at Sea” is the result
of this commitment, and of the extraordinary work of our correspondent Anelise
Borges. Her journalism had real impact and told a story that the world would
never, otherwise, have seen. We are all very proud of Anelise and of this film.”
The documentary will be broadcast on all Euronews platforms according to this schedule:
Date Time (CET)
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