Look into a Refugee Crisis with the HBO Documentary "It Will Be Chaos"

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15 June 2018
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It Will Be Chaos
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"It Will Be Chaos"
 
Premieres Monday, June 18 at 8 PM ET/PT on HBO
 

         It Will Be Chaos is an inside look at the human consequences of the refugee crisis spanning the Mediterranean, as told through the harrowing stories of brave asylum seekers, as well as the Italian locals who must cope with a massive influx of newcomers arriving with virtually nothing. The timely documentary highlights the story of Aregai, an Eritrean man fleeing repression and deprivation, who embarks on a risky Mediterranean crossing from Libya. 
 
          The overloaded boat capsizes, killing hundreds, but he is rescued by Italian fishermen, only to become ensnared in the country’s faltering immigration system. Elsewhere, Syrians Wael and Doha make the perilous Mediterranean crossing from Turkey with their four young children in a small dinghy, followed by a long, taxing trek to Germany. 
 
          Stirring and complex, It Will Be Chaos offers a harrowing look at what refugees go through when they are forced to escape war and terror at home, and risk their lives in search of a future for their families. This revealing documentary highlights some of the troubling anti-immigrant populism and logistical issues they encounter after reaching the shores of Europe, which prevent them from living in freedom and safety.  
 
          In 2013, off the island of Lampedusa, Italy, a boat carrying asylum seekers capsized and caught fire, killing more than 300 Eritreans and Somalis. It was one of dozens of such accidents that have resulted from traffickers using unsafe boats. From 2011 to 2018, it’s estimated that more than 18,000 people lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean trying to seek safety in Europe, although the real figure is unknown, since many deaths are never recorded.
 
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