FRANCE: MOVIE "300 MEN" IN CINEMAS, ON THE RECEPTION OF THE HOMELESS IN MARSEILLE

The documentary film "300 men" will be released in French cinemas today. It is about the life of 300 homeless people who are welcomed every night at the Forbin, the reception and social reintegration Centre of the "St. John of God" Foundation in Marseille. The film was made by two young producers, Aline Dalbis and Emmanuel Gras, who themselves spent a few months at the Centre in the winters of 2011 and 2012. With "the right balance" between "modesty and voyeurism, condemnation and compassion", the movie gives us a glimpse of the mess of this emergency shelter, where these people have been welcomed in winter nights by the brothers of the religious congregation since the end of the 19th century. Its release today was announced by the World Catholic Association for Communication SIGNIS. "With no comments, questions or judgements on the aggressive behaviour of some of the guests or the rigidity of some internal rules, the movie shows the Centre from its opening in the afternoon until the following day, when the guests are required to leave and return to the streets". The documentary ends with the image of street litter being blown about by the wind, which also raises "a delicate question: what plan does our society have for these 300 men?". The documentary received an award at the La Rochelle International Film Festival and at the Real Film Festival in Paris in 2014. ” “

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