In Europe 2019/2020

Can you recognize history when you’re in the middle of it? In 18 new documentaries, we unravel the last 20 years of European history.

Documentary - History, Human Interest & Society , Current Affairs & Politics

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The Laws of the Sea

In the past two decades, tens of thousands of people attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea in crowded boats. More...

In the past two decades, tens of thousands of people have attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea in crowded boats. A captain who does not rescue such crew members in hopeless situations is punishable. And one that will save them?

This episode begins with the bizarre story of Captain Stefan Schmidt, who was obliged to assist seafarers in distress, but was then not allowed to land them.

Abdul Aziz was one of the crew members rescued by Schmidt. He had to return immediately to Africa, but he didn't give up and eventually managed to live in Europe for a few years. Now he is back in Ghana, where he educates young people about the dangers of migration to Europe.

Captain Pia Klemp has saved at least 14,000 people from death with her ship. In 2017, Italian maritime police seized the ship and accused her of helping with illegal immigration. She could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. Nevertheless, Pia remains committed to the refugees.

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Roel van Broekhoven, Stefanie de Brouwer
2020
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