Drowning Letters (still), 2020

Paula Palacios
Drowning Letters (still)
Digital video, colour, sound
81 minutes
Courtesy of Morada Film


Thousands of people have attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea in recent years seeking a better life in Europe. Through a mysterious voice from the bottom of the sea, Drowning Letters tells the story of these tragic years of our contemporary history. Narrating letters from mothers to their children, the voice accompanies Spanish NGO rescue vessel Open Arms in its most dramatic mission, struggling to save 550 people from a shipwreck.

Screening Information

Drowning Letters (2020)
Director: Paula Palacios
Documentary | 81 minutes
Arabic, English, French and Spanish with Arabic and English subtitles

The March Meeting film programme presents award-winning films that investigate the refugee crisis by exploring survival, immigration and freedom. March Meeting 2021: Unravelling the Present, an annual gathering of artists, curators and art practitioners to explore critical issues in contemporary art, will be held between 12–21 March.

Details about the full programme can be found here.

All film screenings begin at 8.30 pm in Sharjah Art Foundation’s open-air Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Art Spaces.

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Drowning Letters (2020)

March Meeting Film Programme

The March Meeting Film Programme presents award-winning films, which investigate the refugee crisis through films that explore survival, immigration and freedom.