Well made but very staged documentary from Fernand Melgar looking at the migrant experience by concentrating on a Swiss shelter over a winter season. Wiseman this certainly isn't. The futility of the operation and the often hopeless situation of the migrant is well felt but the dialogue captured often seems scripted.
Verite’s not my favourite, and Melgar, despite attempts, doesn't manage to avoid its problems. But even a contrived impartiality affords the characters a shred of the dignity lost to the brutalizing system they're subject to. And silenced by. Debates about technique seem pedantic. A humane, compelling argument against the so-called logic of austerity & the exploitative neocolonial ideology of immigration control. 3.5
Una mirada al gran problema del futuro: la migración. Los países ricos se convierten históricamente en el pesebre de los rincones del mundo más pobres. El hambre, el frío, la desesperanza transgreden en esta película la pantalla para sentirlo en carne propia, y los problemas personales, desaparecen. Me parece que el director cumple con su objetivo y descobija esa miseria que nadie quiere ver.
This Documentary provides no answers, but gives voice to a mixed bag of economic migrants finding themselves in Lausanne. Its ridiculous that such a rich city can't provide more help. That smart African guy deserved a chance. These people are only trying to better themselves. Makes me angry.
Honest documentary about one of the many evils that impacts the lives of the marginalised and underprivileged. The inequalities of this opulent world force many of our brothers and sisters to search for a better future in foreign lands only to find how these deny them of their basic needs, like a basic shelter. Immigration is a global multifaceted phenomenon and this film helps to keep awareness alive.
Heartbreaking viewing - a shelter that is stretched to the limit by a flawed system that dehumanises the homeless and leaves many without support, including those that operate the shelter. This is why there needs to be more compassionate political constructs in this world - there is no such thing as the undeserving poor - no one deserves poverty, neither the best nor the worst of us, nor anyone else in between.