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NO PLACE LIKE HOME
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NO PLACE LIKE HOME

CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

NO PLACE LIKE HOME


One might say that following the outbreak of the pandemic and the ensuing chaos the priorities of humankind have changed. Quite the contrary, actually, and the refugee crisis, prolonged and aggravated by the new global context, proves it abundantly. Intolerance now works even more eagerly, and the rights of those who have no other choice but to seek help and protection in foreign lands are now threatened more than ever. Cinema too is on duty, becoming a counterattack weapon, a loudspeaker for the untold stories behind these people, trying to balance the scales in a gesture of tireless defense against discrimination. In the same way, the films in our selection take a step forward on the difficult path towards changing mentalities, towards releasing the refugees from their aberrant position as “aliens.” For instance, “The Shadow of the desert (or Paradise Lost),” becomes an ode to the Mexican immigrants who have plunged into the desert’s sea of dangers, in the hope that they could cross the border with the United States. An arid, desolate space, the vast area of sand turns into a source of both salvation and death, a contradiction also suggested by Gianfranco Rosi when he shows us, in “Notturno,” how beauty and cruelty are sometimes one and the same world and people live within it, in a mythical land and amidst the ruins at the same time. The same thing happens with the character from “Silent Voice,” whose tragedy is akin to a particularly sharp double-edged sword: denied by his family on account of his open acknowledgement of his homosexuality, Khavaj finds refuge in Belgium, where he’s about to lose his identity and become a mere face hidden in the dark. Disenchanted and vulnerable, he becomes the living metaphor of those reduced to silence by a destiny which rips them from their natal countries and leaves them to the unknown. Finally, in “Purple Sea,” things are even more shattering, as the directors, by means of a discourse of excruciating simplicity, cut through the myth of the refugee who appears on TV, assaulted by indiscreet cameras, their story laid out along with all the tear-jerking staging devices available to reporters. Each film is in its own place the proof of the growingly acute awareness of the need to fight back. Each film is like a deep inhalation, which we all need to be able to keep fighting.

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NO PLACE LIKE HOME




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