The Western world’s indifference to the refugee crisis is put under the spotlight in this tense moral thriller about a woman on a solo sailing trip who encounters a sinking boat of refugees.

Emergency doctor Rike (Susanne Wolf) has set sail alone to fulfil a long-held dream to travel to Ascension Island in the Atlantic ocean. Her voyage is cut short, however, when she comes across an overloaded, slowly sinking boat full of refugees. Over the radio, the coastguard warns her the “official policy” is to not engage, but can she really do nothing as time goes by and situation worsens? Rike is forced to make a life or death decision as she is pushed ever further towards her physical, psychological, and moral limits…

A powerful story about personal responsibility, privilege and empathy, this is a film with no easy answers.


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The Filmmakers

Wolfgang Fischer


Wolfgang Fischer was born in 1970 in Vienna/Austria.

He studied Psychology and Painting at the University of Vienna followed by studies of Film at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf and at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. Beside various teaching assignments he was working as an assistant for Paul Morrissey and Nan Hoover. He was awarded a scholarship by the Munich Screenplay Program and by Equinoxe Europe.

His films include: “In Time” (experimental, 1994), 9h11 (1999), “Remake of the Remake” (documentary, 1999), “Disk – Dusk” (1999), “Schoen 2000” (2000), “Grau” (2001), and “What You Don’t See” (2009). He is now in preproduction of the feature films Styx, The Bear and the series The Highway of Tears and Deserted


Susanne Wolff


Susanne Wolff graduated at the The Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.

From 1998 to 2016 she was ensemble member at Thalia Theater Hamburg and Deutsches Theater Berlin. In 1999, she won the Boy-Gobert-Price of Hamburg, 2003 she was honored with the 3Sat innovation award and in 2006 with the Rolf Mares-  Preis.

In front of the camera Susanne Wolff succeeded as well with several productions such as “The Stranger in Me” for which she was honored with the price for Best Actress at the International Filmfestival Sao Paolo and the Young German Cinema Award.

In 2013, she won the German Television Award for Best Actress for Mobbing and in 2017 she received the Goldene Kamera for the television series “Tomorrow I Quit” and was awarded Best Actress at the Lebanon International Short Films Festival.

Susanne Wolff played a leading role in Volker Schlöndorff’s feature film “Return to Montauk” which had its international premiere in last year’s Berlinale Competition.


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