Emmanuel comes from Ghana and has lived in Palermo since 1992. In the 27 years he has worked in various professions. Emmanuel could no longer pursue his profession as an industrial mechanic in Palermo and took a job as a night watchman in a flower shop. In the film “Night Shift” he deals with the distance between him and his family living in Ghana: He was not able to visit his parents before their death and he has also not seen his son and wife for a long time. He plans to return to Ghana soon, in order to establish a poultry farm there.
Emmanuel’s summary of his time in Italy is: “The situation is difficult. There are many beautiful and good things here, but I have not become rich. Many things I imagined or hoped for differently and many things I had to give up for this. But I have learned a lot in this time and I would like to pass on this knowledge and with the many experiences I have made I would like to start a business in Ghana, preferably a poultry farm.” He wants to return to Ghana because his son lives there, along with two grandchildren whom he only knows from photos.
How were the films and fragments in Palermo made?
The We Refugee Archive film team met Emmanuel on the streets of Palermo while they were filming the Biographical Workshop led by Giocherenda. He approached the film team himself and agreed to be part of the project.
In the interviews, the film crew consciously abstained from screenplays and standardized questions. Instead, the persons portrayed in the films directed the course of the interview and discussed only those topics they were willing to speak about. With We Refugee Archive’s mission in mind, the participants’ personal experiences in Palermo and their visions for the near future was the rough focal point.
Director: Francesca Bertin
Camera: Max Sänger
Producer: Francesca Bertin