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WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND

by Sabine Gisiger

synopsis

In the summer of 2015, one million refugees seek protection in Europe. 40,000 of them make it to Switzerland. Andreas Glarner, the mayor of the wealthiest village in Aargau, wants to set an example by refusing to accommodate ten refugees in his village. Johanna Gündel, a student and the daughter of a local vegetable farmer, organizes, together with IG Solidarity, resistance against this negative approach. Taking the incidents in Oberwil-Lieli as a starting point, the film uses allegory to portray Switzerland during the so-called refugee crisis, showing what this country in the heart of Europe used to be, wants to be or could become.

international title: Welcome to Switzerland
original title: Willkommen in der Schweiz
country: Switzerland
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Sabine Gisiger
film run: 83'
screenplay: Sabine Gisiger
cinematography by: Helena Vagnières
film editing: Barbara Weber
music: Balz Bachmann
producer: Karin Koch
production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
distributor: Filmcoopi

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Locarno 2017Out of Competition
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