Shower Power (Sous la douche, le ciel), a documentary by Effi & Amir about DoucheFLUX

BE, 2018, 85′, OV FR / ST NL-EN

Shower Power (Sous la douche, le ciel), by Effi (Weiss) en Amir (Borenstein), follows the Brussels non-profit organisation DoucheFLUX, during five years (2012-2017) in their efforts to set up a building dedicated to public showers and other hygiene services, desperately needed in Brussels, especially by the big homeless and precarious populations. This building, will be located just off Brussels’ main train station, it is meant to be beautiful, well designed, functional and comfortable, a place from where one goes out head and spirit lifted.

This initiative encounters difficulties and obstacles on many levels. Not only because its members are non-professionals, precarious and non-precarious alike. But, first and foremost because of the manifold controversial nature of their proposal: it claims the visibility of poverty – in total opposition to common European city policy –, it claims the primordiality of luxury – self-image, self-esteem and human dignity being as important as survival –, and it interferes with the State’s traditional social responsibility.

The film is a chronicle of a struggle. It follows a long and tortuous road from an idea to its concretisation. It raises the question of the political force of imagining a different reality and the possibility to act as a simple citizen, despite the very limited space capitalism, bureaucracy and political power have left us.

 

Buy the DVD

At Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles and on site at DoucheFLUX.

 

Screenings

08.07.2019 20:00 L’Engrenage, Charlieu, France
04.06.2019 20:00 chez mon ex, Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis
30.03.2019 Alès, France Festival du Cinéma d’Alès Itinérances
28.03.2019 Badje ASBL
Brussels
15.03.2019 19:00 Cine Club Garcia Lorca
Brussels
Ciné-repas
26.01.2019 21.30 Lyon, France Nuit du Cinéma Militant
22.01 > 23.03.2019 Online on tënk
22 & 24.01.2019 Biarritz, France FIPADOC
25.01.2019 19:30 Centre Culturel de Schaerbeek
Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek
Ciné Canapé
14.01.2019 20:00 La Tricoterie
Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis
Saison de projections « Alter »
06.01.2019 bx1

 

Trailer

 

Press

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