Imagine one of your loved ones, someone you live with – your father, partner, mother, a son or a brother – to be suddenly arrested and taken away by the police, imprisoned far from home with the risk of being expelled from Italy forever.
Imagine these things happening not because of any criminal act nor for a perpretation of violence, but merely because of a lack of proper papers.
Such is an extremely distressing scenario and it represents a concrete risk for the families of those immigrants who, even when socially integrated, still find themselves in a position of conflict with the Italian bureaucracy.
That’s the experience of Alejandro Bouchaib, Karim and Peter, all locked up in some C.I.E. (Centre for Identification and Expulsion) in Turin, Rome and Trapani.
Detention also affects their families, who remain suspended in a limbo: waiting for their loved ones to return home or be forced to leave Italy forever.
Limbo tells these stories of wait, anger and fear. Stories of relationships built and cultivated on the edge of different cultures and families, where children seem destined to suffer for the absence of their fathers and women have to bear the weight of an unjust and heartless law.
Italy 2014, ’56
SCRIPT: Matteo Calore, Gustav Hofer, Andrea Segre
PHOTOGRAPHY: Matteo Calore, Gustav Hofer
EDITING: Sara Zavarise
MUSIC: Santi Pulvirenti
SOUND: Alberto Cagol
LANGUAGE: Italian, Spanish, English (Italian subtitles)
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: Italy
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THANKS TO: Fondazione Erri De Luca and Valerio Mastandrea for the artistic contribution