Shelter - Farewell to Eden

Documentary 81'
Italy/France 2019

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Shelter è la storia di Pepsi, militante transessuale nata nel Sud delle Filippine in un’isola di fede musulmana. Dal Mindanao alla giungla di Calais, Pepsi rincorre il riconoscimento di un diritto universale, vivendo l’odissea dell’accoglienza in Europa.

Pepsi is an individual in sexual transition looking for a stable job as a caregiver. Former member of MILF, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front active in an island of southern Philippines, she escaped from her country to work as a nurse for over 10 years in Gaddafi’s Libya. Because of gender discrimination, she has been forced to join the flow of refugees.

Pepsi è un individuo in transizione alla ricerca di un impiego stabile come badante, dopo aver lavorato per oltre 10 anni nella Libia di Gheddafi come infermiera, prima di essere costretta a seguire il flusso dei rifugiati. Il suo racconto fuoricampo è una parabola post-coloniale, in cui la geografia europea si mischia al dramma emotivo. Il suo vagare ricorda l’antico mito d’Europa, secondo cui una giovane venne rapita e sedotta da Giove, nelle sembianze di un toro, portandola in un’isola del Mediterraneo da cui avrebbe dato il nome al continente.

Then, she confronted with european institutions as an asylum seeker, in the city of Bologna, Italy, where she obtained the first acknowledgement of her status. She could not stop there. Her journey continued towards France, crossing the dangerous “pass of death” on the heights of Ventimiglia, strong of her experience in the wild mountains of Mindanao. She reached Paris, where she acquired a second identity and found underground work offering massages, sharing interstitial spaces among the harsh architectures of the metropolis.
Her voice over tale is a post-colonial parable, in which European geography mingles with an intimate emotional drama. Her wander recalls the ancient myth of Europe, according to which a young woman was kidnapped and raped by Jupiter, in the shape of a bull, taking her to an island in the Mediterranean from which she would have given the name to the continent.

Conosciuto anche come Farewell to Edén, questo film documentario è stato prodotto fra Sardegna, Emilia, Liguira, le Alpi Marittime e Parigi.
Nel corso di tre anni, con un totale di quasi 90 ore di girato, più materiale d’archivio e pellicole originali girate in 8mm e 16mm, il film rafcconta la storia di una transgender filippina attraverso confini mondiali.
Strutturato come una narrazione onirica, Shelter rappresenta il capitolo finale di una trilogia iniziata nel 2012, dedicata all’impatto dei Mega Eventi.
Questa è una storia post-coloniale dove i temi centrali sono l’identità, le frontiere, il paesaggio e il corpo in transizione.
Nel film c’è un collegamento mitologico alla storia di Europa, consorte di Zeus, ma anche di Giovanna d’Arco, entrambe in prospettiva moderna.
Shelter si rivolge al pubblico come un intimo diario, nel quale il dramma personale si riflette all’interno di paesaggi naturali e suburbani.

Also known as Farewell to Edén, this documentary film has been produced in between Sardegna, Emilia, Liguria, Maritime Alps and Paris.
During a period of three years, with a total amount of nearly 90 hours of footage, plus archive and original film material shot in 8mm and 16mm, the film tells the story of a philippino trans-gender across world boundaries. Structured as a dreamlike narration, Shelter represents the final chapter of a trilogy started in 2012, dedicated to Mega Events impact. This is a post-colonial story where the core themes are identity, frontiers, landscape and body in transition. Inside the film there is a mithological connection to the tale of Europe, consort of Zeus, but also to Joan de Arc both in a modern perspective.
Shelter is addressing the audience as an intimate diary, in which the personal drama reflects itself within natural and suburban landscapes.

Based on a mythological refrain and divided into three movements of contemplation, observation and narration, the film deals with the ethical metamorphosis and the humanitarian crisis taking place within the European continent.


 

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                                                                                                                        Photo by Laura Gomez, 2008

 

Official Website: WWW.CAUCASO.INFO/SHELTER2    

             



A Caucaso - Manufactory Productions - Ligne 7 production
in collaboration with Rai Cinema
with the support of Emilia Romagna Film Commission and Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission
and Istituto Luce


With:
Pepsi, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Gabriel James Patiag

Director:
Enrico Masi
Produced by: Stefano Migliore
Co-producers: Lamberto Mongiorgi, Loïs Rocque
Cinematographer: Stefano Croci
Editor: Giuseppe Petruzzellis
Sound Designer:
Jacopo Bonora

Composer:
Patrizio Barontini
Music: Zende Music
Director assistant:
Alessandra Lancellotti
Editor assistant: Federica Giacomini, David Kajman, Carlotta Guaraldo
Director support: Stiven Zaka Cobani, Joao Pedro Amorim
Audio editing support: Giovanni Labriola
Radio Città Fujiko personel: Claudio Succi, Massimo Vitali, Emiliano Varengo
Translations: Marie Chrstine Elekes, Jade Douchet Perez, Pauline Beyens, Cristian Sciortino, Basem Al Zghoul
Set Photographer: Rosa Lacavalla
Equipment Supply: Studio Campanini, Laboratorio Immagine, Asa audiovisivi
Scentific Board: Piergiorgio Degli Esposti, Giovanni Semi
with the support of: Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Torino, Caritas, Un Geste Pour Tous, Association Migrants Wilson, Utopia 56
with the participation of: Flavia Canestrini, Marie Bassi, Enzo Barnabà, Antonio Liperi, Laura Trapani, Giovanna Degli Esposti, Marta Pala, Valentina Di Lorenzo, e della barca Atalante

Communication: Rosanna D'Aloisio
Shooting Format: 2K
Screening Format: DCP, 5.1 Dolby

Media partner: Radio 3