14:00 hrs, Friday 24th June, Darwin LT
Director/Anthropologist: Rossella Schillaci
Year of Release: 2011
Duration: 75 mins
Country of Production: Italy
Location: Italy (Somali and Sudanese refugees)
Language: Somali, Arabic, English, Italian (English sub)
What happens to African migrants once granted political refugee status? In Turin, a northern Italian city, an abandoned clinic has been squatted by more than 200 refugees since December 2008. Khaled, Shukri and Ali have been travelling through hell in order to arrive in Italy. They crossed the border and are determined to have a normal life. Their hopes are dashed and they find their lives “suspended”. The film follows their stories over the years, showing life in the clinic, including the inevitable internal problems, the protests of citizenship and the initiatives of the City. Through the cold winter and unbearably sultry August, until the evacuation of the former clinic by the city authorities and the transfer of refugees to old barracks. Three emblematic characters guide us through a story that reveals, intimately, a collective history, an emblematic tale of all European countries today and their respective immigration policies and the changes occurring in the social fabric of European cities.