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The Earth Doesn't Move (La Terre Ne Se Meut Pas)

Qumra Projects

/ Feature Documentary / Tunisia, France, Italy, Qatar / 2020 / 240 min
In Arabic, French, Italian
Rated: This film has not been rated.


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Synopsis

In a small village in the heart of the Italian Alps, asylum seekers are waiting for the end of a long and exhausting judicial process and hoping to get the Italian government’s response to their asylum applications. They live in an old three-star hotel converted to a reception centre for asylum seekers by its managers—an Italian family that’s also living there. Sandrio’s Prefecture supervises the place. In this mandatory waiting interval, they learn the rural and mountain reality that characterizes the North of Italy. They also discover the institutional and bureaucratic face of a Europe that “welcomes” them. Moreover, they face the disciplinary deployment keeping a constant eye over them. One day, a film crew comes to the centre to make a
documentary about the building and its residents. The camera takes place under the suspicious look of the asylum seekers who are used to living with the supervision of dozens security cameras set up everywhere in the centre.

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