Other Europe

© Schillaci
75 minutes / Colour / 2011
Directed by
Rossella Schillaci

Country of production Italy

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 this hell in order to arrive in Italy. They crossed the border and are determined to have a normal life. Their hopes crash with a life condition “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. The cold winter, unbearable sultry August, until the evacuation of the former clinic by the city authorities and the transfer of refugees in 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.

Language and subtitles Italian with English Subtitles

Region Western Mediterranean

Country Italy

Keywords Migration Urban Squatter Settlements / Homelessness