On 18 April 2015, a nameless boat sank off the coast of Libya, killing an estimated 800 migrants. It was the worst tragedy in the mediterranean since World War II. The Italian government took the unprecedented decision to surface the wreck and try to identify the victims.

Cristina Cattaneo leads the identification operation. A hoodie, pants, a belt. That’s what’s left of ’Number 387’. From an examination of bones, 3D reconstruction and cross-checking DNA, Cristina and her team will do everything possible to name each shipwrecked number. In Greece, Pavlos Pavlidis has been working to identify anonymous migrants’ bodies for 17 years. Today, like Cristina, he is one of the representatives of the ICRC for the identification of Mediterranean victims.

In the coming months, they will make every possible effort to name each shipwrecked number. Who are they? Who are we?


  • Year: 2019
  • Duration: 61 & 52 mins
  • Production: Little Big Story
  • Director: Madeleine Leroyer
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France



  • Best Documentary in the section « Travessias » at Olhares do Mediterraneo Women Film Festival 2020 (Portugal), Anna Politovskaia Award (Best Documentary) at the International Women's Films Festival of Créteil FIFF 2020 (France), ), Lo Porto Prize at Terra di Tutti International Film Festival 2020 (Italy), Jury de la Clairière Award at FIFDH Geneva 2020 (Switzerland), 2nd Place for Feature Film Award at Global Migration Film Festival 2019 (Bangladesh, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Dominica, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda), IDFA 2019 (Netherlands), This Human World International Human Rights Film festival (Austria), PRIMED 2019 (France), Trieste Film Festival 2020 (Italy), Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2020 (Greece), Seoul Human Rights Film Festival 2020 (South Korea), Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival 2021 (Greece), Dokubazaar Human Rights Film Festival 2021 (Slovenia), Visioni Urbane 2022 (Italy)

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