Pepsi is a transexual individual  looking for a stable job as a caregiver. As a former member of the MILF, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front active in an island of southern Philippines, she escaped from her country to work as a nurse for over 10 years in Gaddafi’s Libya. Because of gender discrimination, she was forced to join the flow of refugees. Then, she faced European institutions as an asylum seeker. It was in the city of Bologna, Italy, where she obtained the first acknowledgement of her status. However, she could not stop there. Her journey continued towards France, crossing the dangerous “pass of death” on the heights of Ventimiglia. With the strength of her experience in the wild mountains of Mindanao she reached Paris. There, she acquired a second identity and found underground work offering massages, sharing interstitial spaces among the harsh architectures of the metropolis.
Her voice over tale is a post-colonial parable, in which European geography mingles with an intimate emotional drama. Her wander recalls the ancient myth of Europe, according to which a young woman was kidnapped and raped by Jupiter, in the shape of a bull. He took her to an island in the Mediterranean from which she gave the name to the continent.

Also known as Farewell to Edén, this documentary film has been produced in between Sardegna, Emilia, Liguria, the Maritime Alps and Paris.
During a period of three years, with a total amount of nearly 90 hours of footage, plus archive and original film material shot in 8mm and 16mm, the film tells the story of a Philippino trans-gender across world boundaries. Structured as a dreamlike narration, Shelter represents the final chapter of a trilogy started in 2012, dedicated to Mega Events impact. This is a post-colonial story where the core themes are identity, frontiers, landscape and body in transition. Inside the film there is a mythological connection to the tale of Europe, consort of Zeus, but also to Joan de Arc both in a modern perspective.
Shelter addresses the audience as an intimate diary, in which the personal drama reflects itself within natural and suburban landscapes.
Picture by Laura Gomez, 2008
a Film by
Enrico Masi
Subject & Screenplay
Enrico Masi, Stefano Migliore
Director of Photography
Stefano Croci
Pepsi, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Gabriel James Patiag
Giuseppe Petruzzellis
Jacopo Bonora
Original Soundtrack
Zende Music
Ensemble featuring
Fabrizio Puglisi, Patrizio Barontini, Laura Loriga, Franceska Producers Stefano Migliore, Loïs Rocque
in collaboration with
Lamberto Mongiorgi
Assistant Director
Alessandra Lancellotti
Scientific contribution
Prof. Piergiorgio Degli Esposti – University of Bologna Prof. Catherine Wihtol De Wenden – SciencesPo Paris
Support to the director
Stiven Zaka Cobani, Davide Rabacchin
Sound contribution
Giovanni Labriola
Cut viewers
Fabio Bianchini Pepegna, Stefano Cravero
Assistant editors
Federica Giacomini, David Kajman, Carlotta Guaraldo
Assistant post production
Tomas Rigoni
Communication Rosanna D’Aloisio
Translations Jade Douchet Perez, Pauline Beyens, Mercy Cristian Bote Giovanna Degli Esposti, Marie Christine Elekes, Basem Al Zghoul
Film laboratories
Andec Berlin, Augustuscolor Rome, Color City Image Paris
Film archives
Superottimisti – Torino, Rai Teche

Produced by Caucaso

in co-production with Ligne 7

in collaboration with Rai Cinema, Emilia-Romagna Film Commission Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission

in collaboration with MIT – Movimento Identità Transessuale, Un geste pour tous – Nice, Caritas – Ventimiglia e Bologna, Utopia 56 – Paris, Association Migrants Wilson – Paris, Prefettura di Imperia, Prefettura di Bologna, Questura di Modena, Préfecture de Paris

Distributor Istituto Luce – Cinecittà

World Sales Filmotor Prague

Media partner Radio 3