Dogborn

by Isabella Carbonell

Next Step 2015

Feature Film

Her first feature project, Dogborn, has been in Isabella’s mind for seven years now. She was notably inspired by her experience as a social worker, working with deaf-mute young people, but also by simply observing the society she’s living in. The story follows Brother, a deaf boy, and Sister, the only person who speaks his language, a language they created and only they can understand. They are fleeing war and arrive in Sweden, in a society that, without explanation, has shut them out. Together, they will learn to survive by getting involved in the trade of illicit goods, such as drugs and weapons, and human beings. Through those characters, Isabella aims to broach topics of immigration, segregation, human trafficking, sexual violence and homophobia, and to question the powerlessness of our societies against those timeless themes.