The 55th New York Film Festival featured Vanessa Redgrave’s debut as a documentary film director. The Sea Sorrow is produced by Ms. Redgrave’s son Carlo Nero. This film is a plea for a western response to the world’s refugee crisis based on the international human right laws signed and rarified after World War II. Featured in the film are fellow British actors Ralph Fiennes and Emma Thomson. At times the film is hard to watch because she does not shy away from showing the sufferings of the refugees in the squalor of the camps in France called the “Jungle” or children clinging on to rescuers as they try to get out of the rubber boats after their dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. This is a passionate project for Ms. Redgrave and she is successful in getting her message across.