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The Shelter


A winter spent in the heart of an emergency shelter for homeless people in Lausanne. At the entrance to this hidden bunker, each night the same dramatic ritual unfolds, leading to occasionally violent confrontations. The watchmen have the difficult task of “sorting the poor”: women and children first, men later if there is room. Even if the shelter can hold 100 people, only 50 “chosen ones” will be allowed inside to receive a hot meal and a bed. The others know that the night will be a long one.


  • The Hollywood Reporter
    The Shelter is a necessary and urgent dispatch from the all-too-easily-ignored front lines.

Festival Participation

  • Festival internazionale del Film Locarno (Switzerland)
    Junior Jury Special Mention
  • DOK Leipzig (Germany)
  • DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
  • Tromsø International Film Festival (Norway)
  • London Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Movies that Matter - Calgary (Canada)
  • BAFICI (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival (Linz, Austria)
  • San Sebastián Human Rights Film Festival (Spain)
  • Dok.Fest Münich (Germany)
  • Docaviv (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Seville European Film Festival (Spain)
    The New Waves Second Award & Rosario Valpuesta Award
  • Festival international du film d'Amiens - FIFAM (France)
    Grand Prix de la Ville d’Amiens

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