The Human Shelter
Director: Boris Benjamin Bertram
Featuring striking views from the white horizon of the Arctic Circle to the cramped confines of a microflat in Tokyo, the film explores the concept of home on four continents in a variety of conditions and life situations. The stories are linked by the dignity with which a widely differing assortment of people compose their homes – a safe island and refuge in a changing world. We see how refugees in a camp arrange their living quarters in a tent, and how a museum visitor looks at the same tent.
The film radiates empathy and encourages the viewer to be a little happier. It is a story of beauty, loneliness, and hope. For architects and urban planners, the film also gives us a glimpse of the untold and diverse typology of contemporary housing in which short-term, quick-build housing is growing in demand.