"He suddenly gave his knives names. He told me not to get smart or I would have to deal with Don Raul. This was a kind of joke for him," says Laura, a victim of domestic abuse, at a shelter for women harmed by their partners. This time, she is determined to keep herself and her 8-year-old son, Matias, away from the boy’s aggressive father. She realizes, however, that she is going to have to find a new place where they can both start a normal life, without having to be constantly looking over their shoulders. At stake here is not just the freedom from constant fear but also protecting her son’s mental health, as his future is becoming more and more uncertain. Refugiado is a simple, real, emotional film about an attempt to break free of a cycle of undeserved violence. It is superbly made, which is also thanks to cinematographer Wojciech Staroń, who also did the cinematography for Saviour Square (2006) and El premio (2011).
Born in 1976 in Buenos Aires, Diego Lerman is a director, screenwriter, and producer. He has to his credit four feature-length films, nine short films, and dozens of awards from international festivals, including a Silver Leopard (Locarno) for his debut future film, Suddenly (2002). Since 2008, he has been running the Campo Cine film studio along with Nicolás Avruj.
2002 Niespodziewanie / Tan de repente / Suddenly
2005 La guerra de los gimnasios (short)
2006 W międzyczasie / Mientras tanto / Meanwhile
2010 Niewidzialne oko / La mirada invisible / The Invisible Eye
2014 Pod ochroną / Refugiado