It Will Be Chaos

It Will Be Chaos offers a personal look at the human consequences of the refugee crisis spanning the Mediterranean, as told through the stories of asylum seekers, as well as the Italian locals who cope with the influx of newcomers.

The documentary highlights the story of Aregai, an Eritrean man fleeing repression and deprivation, and the journey of a Syrian mother and father, Wael and Doha, who lead their family in a perilous Mediterranean crossing. Aregal survives a horrific shipwreck only to become ensnared in Italy?s faltering immigration system. Elsewhere, Wael and Doha navigate the long trek from Turkey to Germany with their four young children.

Stirring and complex, It Will Be Chaos is a harrowing look at what refugees go through when forced to escape war and terror at home. 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.

Aregai began his escape from Eritrea by crossing the border into Sudan, where he remained for three years before embarking on a dangerous trek to Libya with little food. From there, he boarded a dangerous boat crossing to Lampedusa. Two years later, Syrian refugee Wael Orfahli fights to get his wife, Doha, four young children and nephew to Germany, where his brother lives. After the family travels on a small rubber boat to Greece, they continue their journey, primarily on foot, through Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Austria. A few months later, the E.U. sealed its borders, leaving thousands of migrants stranded in Turkey.

Italy is also home to Europe?s largest migrant detention center, Sant?Anna di Crotone, a prison-like facility housing 1,500 refugees. Cameras were allowed inside for the first time during a visit from Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge, but things quickly turn chaotic after migrants? futile attempts to plead their case. Meanwhile, as the clash between newcomers and locals escalates, nationalist protests calling for an end to immigration are on the rise around Italy.

Weaving together all of these stories, It Will Be Chaos is directed and produced by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo; cinematography, Filippo Piscopo; editor, Lorena Luciano; story consultant, Mark Becker; music, Andrew Byrne and Matthew Rohde. For HBO: executive producer, Nancy Abraham.