Documentary, by Tommaso Valente, Christian Poli, Italy, 2022.
The territory of Ravenna, suspended between its centuries-old history and recent industrial development, is a land of conflicts and rarefied landscapes. It is here that the action of "Housing First" develops, an association that focuses on social housing as a way to reintegrate people in situations of extreme hardship, whether it be psychological, economic, or due to different addictions. The Passengers tells the stories of these "wayfarers without a destination", who find in the homes in which they live a starting point for their journeys. Each house therefore lives on multiple narrative levels and multiple stories, from that of the apartment itself, in which the daily conflicts of coexistence explode and are resolved, to those of each participant in the project. Often painful stories of defeats, losses, falls into the abyss of alcohol and drugs; but also stories of redemption, in the paths that each protagonist undertakes to find their way in work and relationships.
There are people still looking for a place in the world, wayfarers marked by painful stories who are looking for a starting point: home. The Passengers tells their stories and that of "Housing first", a philosophy that puts social housing at the center of its action. In the stories of often conflicting coexistences, and in the evocation of tortuous life paths, the sense of a possible way to seize an opportunity for redemption emerges. Contrasting this "present-day narrative" of the various characters, all told with a dry documentary gaze, is the past of each of them, the traumatic starting points that have brought them here. Illustrated by evocative animations, the voices of the protagonists tell of failed marriages, corporate crises in which they lost everything, abuse suffered in the family and migrations from third world countries.
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