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by Enrico Masi


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 escape 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. 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 her way. 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 reaches Paris, where she acquires a second identity and finds 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.

international title: Shelter - Farewell to Edén
original title: Shelter - Rifugio
country: Italy, France
sales agent: Istituto Luce Cinecittà
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Enrico Masi
film run: 81'
release date: IT 13/06/2019
cinematography by: Stefano Croci
film editing: Giuseppe Petruzzellis
music: Fabrizio Puglisi, Laura Loriga, Zende Music
producer: Stefano Migliore, Lois Rocque
production: Caucaso, Manufactory Productions, RAI Cinema, Ligne 7
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà
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