The documentary The Human Shelter is an anthropological and poetic journey which investigateshow we, as human beings, create our homes. In a sentient and playful way, the film explores our
The documentary The Human Shelter is an anthropological and poetic journey which investigateshow we, as human beings, create our homes. In a sentient and playful way, the film explores our idea of the concept of ‘home’.
During the film we travel to some of the world extremities conserning climate change, growing mega cities and conflict zones. Those exact places where we, as humans, are challenged in the world right now. Here, the film glimpses at peoples abilities to live and express themselves poetically when creating a home. No matter if you live in a lagoon settlement in Lagos, in a refugee camp in Irak or in a six square meter dwelling in Tokyo.
During more than two years, director Benjamin Bertram travels across four continents and films in nine different countries. Throughout the journey he asks questions like: when does a refugee camp shelter in Irak 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?
The film premiered at the Copenhagen Architecture Festival and has received international critical acclaim. Bertram teamed up with IKEA to make the film and involved organizations such as the United Nations, NASA and the MoMA in New York.