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by Villi Hermann


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)