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VOLUNTEER

by Anna Thommen, Lorenz Nufer

synopsis

A frequent topic of discussion, the humanitarian tradition of Switzerland frequently degenerates into hollow phrases. But there are a few people here and there who prove it to have actual substance. One example is Michael Räber, who, following the fall out over the wave of refugees across the Mediterranean, founded a relief project and set out with a few colleagues to the “migration front” in Greece. Together, the volunteers assumed responsibility when nobody else wanted to. What they experienced on the beach and in the camps changed their lives forever. How does one deal with the tension between experiencing such suffering and the deceptive peace back home? Volunteer portrays a very personal view of different people who have dared to leave their comfort zone in Switzerland, and explores what happens when they are confronted with and try to help people in need.

international title: Volunteer
original title: Volunteer
country: Switzerland
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Anna Thommen, Lorenz Nufer
film run: 94'
screenplay: Anna Thommen, Lorenz Nufer
cinematography by: Severin Kuhn
film editing: Simon Gutknecht, Claudio Cea, Anna Thommen
music: Fabian Gisler, Victor Moser
producer: Peter Zwierko
production: Sulaco Film GmbH, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
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