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Shelter – Farewell to Edén

Adieu Eden

Enrico Masi

2019ItalyFrance81 minColour16 mm

Pepsi is a transexual individual looking for a stable job as a caregiver. As a former member of the 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 was forced to join the flow of refugees. Then, she faced European institutions as an asylum seeker. It was in the city of Bologna, Italy, where she obtained the first acknowledgement of her status. However, she could not stop there. Her journey continued towards France, crossing the dangerous “pass of death” on the heights of Ventimiglia. With the strength of her experience in the wild mountains of Mindanao she reached Paris. There, 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. He took her to an island in the Mediterranean from which she gave the name to the continent.

After his studies in Modern Literature and Cinema, EnricoMasi obtained a Ph.D. in Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Bologna. Founder of Caucaso in 2004, collective and production company with whom he produced many creative documentaries and research projects as author and producer. He deals with film-editing, visual anthropology, phenomenology of art and archi­tecture, collaborating with various University Departments including the Polytechnic University of Turin and the University of Milan. 

  • PRODUCTION : Stefano Migliore (Caucaso), Lois Rocque (Ligne 7)
  • Distribution : Roberto Cicutto