L'ABRI

THE SHELTER

By Fernand MELGAR

CAT & DOCS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2014

One winter in an emergency shelter for the homeless in Lausanne.

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Locarno 2014
Menzione speciale
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SWITZERLAND
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, SPANISH, WOLOF, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 101 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Fernand MELGAR
    • Producer(s)
    • Fernand MELGAR (Climage)
    • Synopsis
    • One winter in an emergency shelter for the homeless in Lausanne. Every night, the same ritual plays out at the door to this unassuming basement: a dramatic dash for the entrance, a ruckus sometimes occasioning violent altercations. The staff has the difficult task of “triage” among the poor: women and children first, then the men. While the shelter’s maximum capacity is a 100, only 50 of the “elect” will be allowed inside and have the right to a hot meal and a bed. The others know that it’s going to be a long night.
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