Benera and Estefan
No Shelter From the Storm, 2015
HD video, 5 min., 42 sec.

No Shelter From The Storm was filmed in one of the last primeval forests in Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains, on the borderlands between Romania and Ukraine, during a time of armed conflict in Ukraine. The region is not only important for ecological reasons, but also politically, historically, and militarily significant.

The artists climb a mountainous terrain of destroyed forests, whistling the tune of Where Have All the Flowers Gone? – an American anti-war folk song from the 1960s, composed by Pete Seeger.
The lyrics originated in a pre-war Ukrainian Cossack folk tune mentioned in Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “The Quiet Don”, in which war –in the form of both international conflict and civil uprising – provides the epic background to the narrative.

Whistled against the backdrop of devastating mountainsides, the international anti-war melody becomes an appeal against global exploitation and environmental destruction.