Shirin Abu Shaqra

What Happens to a Displaced Ant (Film – 2017)

2017, 42′


In 2015, I spent five months on two search and rescue emergency missions with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) working as a cultural mediator for the refugees crossing the Mediterranean sea. During my resting moments, I gathered footage with my smartphone. Throughout these five months, I met fellow humanitarians that dedicate their life to help others. They are the heroic ants that clean up after dictatorships and cynical economic pillages finish their job. This docu-fiction is inspired and dedicated to all those displaced ants of the planet and to those humanitarians, who, despite everything, continue to fight, for and with, love.


She is a nurse sent on search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea. He, a historian architect who must remain in Venise for his work. When they are not together, it is through an epistolary relationship that their love continues.

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