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The Human Shelter (DK)

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When does a refugee camp shelter in Iraq become a home? What can a Sami reindeer herder teach the modern human about the concept of time? Why can the smell of a glacier in spring make us feel at home in our bodies? And, what would a home on Mars look like in the future?

Directed by acclaimed Danish film director Boris B. Bertram, The Human Shelter documentary is a result of a two-year worldwide cinematographic expedition, investigating the question of “what makes a home?” now and in the future.

The Human Shelter documentary takes viewers on a journey across four continents to explore the inventive ways in which people are constructing their homes. Bertram visits locations where inhabitants are faced with extreme social, economic and environmental challenges, from a shanty town on a lagoon in Lagos to a six square metre dwelling in Tokyo; and a refugee camp outside Mosul. He also visits the Sami reindeer herders in the arctic circle, and NASA’s futuristic Mars habitat in Hawaii, USA.

Through seven chapters, The Human Shelter shows shelters with a human story and a poetic performance. Each of these stories urges the audience to think about what ‘home’ means to them.

After the screening there will be a Q&A with the director Boris B. Bertram