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CHOOSING AT TWENTY

by Villi Hermann

synopsis

Between 1954 and 1962, some young Frenchmen refused to participate in putting down the Algerian War of Independence. These draft dodgers believed in non-violence or were against colonialism. Some of them fled to Switzerland where they received help from Swiss citizens, whereas in France they were condemned as traitors. A few months after Independence, the filmmaker went to Algeria to help reopen a school. He has recently been back to Algeria.

international title: CHoosing at Twenty
original title: CHoisir à vingt ans
country: Switzerland, Algeria
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Villi Hermann
film run: 100'
screenplay: Villi Hermann, Eve Martin
cinematography by: Villi Hermann
film editing: Jean Reusser, Emilie Chappatte
music: Zeno Gabaglio
producer: Villi Hermann, Silvana Bezzola Rigolini, Irène Challand, Hachemi Zertal
production: Imagofilm SA Lugano, RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, Cirta Films (DZ)