HRFF Zurich
Program overview
Thu 1 Dec 2022
  1. 18:30
    Continental Drift (South)
    Thu 1. Dec
    Fd 90' | Schweiz, Frankreich 2022 | Lionel Baier | Doc

    Nathalie Adler is on a mission in Sicily for the European Union, organizing the upcoming visit of a migrant camp by Macron and Merkel – Codename M&M's. Their presence has great symbolic value, demonstrating that everything is under control. But who is still prepared to believe in this European family on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Definitely not Albert, Nathalie's son, who is an activist with a nonprofit and turns up out of the blue, years after breaking off all contact with his mother. Their reunion will prove more explosive than the diplomatic mission. (Films du Solange)

    OPENING NIGHT
    WORDS OF WELCOME
    Sascha Lara Bleuler, Direktorin HRFF Zurich
    Katharina Morawek, Präsidentin HRFF Zurich
    Rebekka Fässler and Murielle Perritaz, Co-Directors Culture, City of Zurich

  2. 20:30
    Rotzloch
    Thu 1. Dec
    Od 96' | Schweiz 2022 | Maja Tschumi | Doc

    In a godforsaken place called “Snot hole”, on the edge of a quarry, a new life begins for four young refugee men. Having a long escape behind them, they try to get back on their feet. Above all, they are searching for contact with women, encounters, love and sex. They find themselves in a different culture and faced with unexpected conflicts. In the film, these young men trace their paths through this new reality and thus are confronted with themselves, their masculinity and their sexuality. (Swiss Films)

    Followed by a talk with the filmmaker Maja Tschumi
    Moderation: Dominic Schmid, Journalist WOZ

Fri 2 Dec 2022
  1. 10:00
    Where is Anne Frank? - School screening
    Fri 2. Dec
    Odf 99' | Belgien, Luxembourg, Frankreich, Niederlande, Israel 2021 | Ari Folman | Animationsfilm

    From June 1942 to August 1944, Anne Frank and her family lived hiding in Amsterdam in the Annex that has now become a famous museum. This is where Anne Frank wrote her diary addressed to her imaginary friend, Kitty. 75 years later, a miracle occurs in the Anne Frank House: the glass case that protects the famous diary shatters on a stormy night, and as a drop of ink runs down the precious pages, a pretty 14-year-old redhead comes to life. It’s Kitty. Dressed in the style of the 1940’s, Kitty is alone in the untouched Annex. She calls Anne but no one answers. (Film website)

    Followed by a discussion with Giulia Reimann, Researcher / Deputy Head of the Federal Commission against Racism FCR, and Stephanie Graetz-Pollak, Executive Director of the GRA Foundation.
    Moderation: Lea Bloch
    In cooperation with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

  2. 13:30
    Where is Anne Frank? - School screening
    Fri 2. Dec
    Odf 99' | Belgien, Luxembourg, Frankreich, Niederlande, Israel 2021 | Ari Folman | Animationsfilm

    From June 1942 to August 1944, Anne Frank and her family lived hiding in Amsterdam in the Annex that has now become a famous museum. This is where Anne Frank wrote her diary addressed to her imaginary friend, Kitty. 75 years later, a miracle occurs in the Anne Frank House: the glass case that protects the famous diary shatters on a stormy night, and as a drop of ink runs down the precious pages, a pretty 14-year-old redhead comes to life. It’s Kitty. Dressed in the style of the 1940’s, Kitty is alone in the untouched Annex. She calls Anne but no one answers. (Film website)

    Followed by a discussion with Giulia Reimann, Researcher / Deputy Head of the Federal Commission against Racism FCR.
    Moderation: Lea Bloch
    In cooperation with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

  3. 14:00
    Un Triomphe - School screening
    Fri 2. Dec
    Fd 107' | Frankreich 2020 | Emmanuel Courcol | Spielfilm

    Un acteur en galère accepte pour boucler ses fins de mois d’animer un atelier théâtre en prison. Surpris par les talents de comédien des détenus, il se met en tête de monter avec eux une pièce sur la scène d’un vrai théâtre. Commence alors une formidable aventure humaine. Inspiré d’une histoire vraie. (allocine)

    Moderation: Sandrine Charlot-Zinsli, aux arts etc... and Barbara Peyer, Teacher in penal system

    In cooperation with aux arts etc...

  4. 18:00
    Vera Dreams of the Sea
    Fri 2. Dec
    OVe 87' | Kosovo, Mazedonien 2021 | Kaltrina Krasniqi | Fiction

    Kaltrina Krasniqi signs the superb portrait of a woman and an essential piece of the cinematographic New Wave flourishing in Kosovo. Vera is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who works as a sign language interpreter. When her husband commits suicide, her life changes dramatically: she feels the weight of the oppressive and threatening patriarchy on her shoulders more and more insistently. Will Vera give in to protect her family? (FIFDH)

    WORDS OF WELCOME
    Léo Kaneman, Honorary President HRFF Zurich
    Sibylle Obrist, Chief Staff of the Department of Peace and Human Rights, FDFA

    FEMINIST CHANGE IN THE WESTERN BALKANS (Engl.)
    In many parts of the world, women still face ancient, rigid patriarchal structures. Traditional processes deprive women of their human and fundamental rights despite structures based on the rule of law. How can women’s rights and fundamental freedoms be guaranteed in such environments? Zana Hoxha (Member of Kosova Womens Network, founder of Femart Festival) and Adelina Gashi (freelance journalist) discuss.
    Moderation: Dana Landau

    Presented with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

  5. 18:30
    Among Us Women
    Fri 2. Dec
    OVe 92' | Deutschland, Äthiopien | Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Daniel Abate Tilahun | Doc

    In rural Ethiopia the staff of a health centre are fighting maternal mortality. They tirelessly appeal to women to give birth in the clinic. But reservations are strong, and so are the practical obstacles. How are heavily pregnant women supposed to arrive in time when the ambulance comes hours later or not at all? Against medical advice, Hulu Ager decides to give birth at home, assisted by a traditional midwife.

    With palpable familiarity, the film crew captures moments of intimate communion between Hulu Ager, the midwives and other women. On the margins of the central conflict, the many challenges they face in a patriarchal society emerge. The debates are most lively under the hood dryer at the hairdresser’s: She doesn’t enjoy sex because of her circumcision, the medical professional Welela reports. “Sometimes you have to prepare yourself for sex,” another customer advises. Sometimes it helps to get drunk. But the perky hairdresser is sure: Bad sex is grounds for divorce. The women share their desires and woes with each other, experience solidarity and gather courage for small and great acts of departure and resistance. Men are relegated to the role of extras, if at all. (Dok Leipzig)

    MEDICAL EDUCATION FROM TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS
    Medicinal care before, during, and after birth can save lives. Traditional perceptions and a lack of knowledge can lead many women in Ethopia to fear clinical birth. Anigna Waldegg (Nurse, Médecins Sans Frontières), Christina Blecher (President Green Lamp) and Sonja Kilbertus (film producer) discuss how medical awareness and targeted cooperation with local midwives can improve the health of mother and child.
    Moderation: Flavia Giorgetta

    Presented with Médecins Sans Frontières

  6. 20:30
    The Return: Life after ISIS
    Fri 2. Dec
    OVe 90' | Spanien, UK 2021 | Alba Sotorra Clua | Doc

    Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum made world headlines after leaving their homes in the US and UK as teenagers to join the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. The Return: Life After ISIS is a unique portrait of a group of Western women who pledged their lives to ISIS, but now want to return home to restart their lives. While facing hostile journalists and governments who have left them de-facto stateless, the women confront their truths and try to heal from their trauma in a locked camp in northeast Syria, with the help of Kurdish women’s rights activists. With its rare access to Roj camp, this film is a sensitive portrayal of just a few of the 63,000 women and children held, in dire conditions with no due process, as ISIS suspects and family members in northeast Syria by a Kurdish-led armed group. (HRW)

    REHABILITATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY (Engl.)
    The film will be followed by a Zoom discussion between Letta Tayler, Associate Director of Crises and Conflict at Human Rights Watch and Azadeh Moaveni, Iranian-American academic, journalist and author of «Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS», who will speak about why it is appropriate for Western governments to bring their nationals home from a security, human rights and moral perspective.
    Moderation: Marguerite Meyer, Journalist

    Presented with Human Rights Watch

  7. 21:00
    Casablanca Beats
    Fri 2. Dec
    OVe 101' | Marokko, Frankreich 2021 | Nabil Ayouch | Fiction

    Anas, a former rapper, is hired as an animator in a cultural centre in Casablanca. With his help, the teenagers will embrace rap and hip-hop as a means of expressing their rage, fears and rejection of tradition. Inspired by his childhood, Nabil Ayouch (Much Loved, Razzia) captures the energy of a Moroccan youth on the verge of implosion, its furious need for change and the liberating power of music, carried by an outstanding cast of young non-professional actors. (FIFDH)

Sat 3 Dec 2022
  1. 11:30
    Into the Ice
    Sat 3. Dec
    OVe 85' | Dänemark, Deutschland 2022 | Lars Ostenfeld | Doc

    On the frozen borders of Greenland, Jason Box, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and Alun Hubbard probe the core of the ice. They are renowned glaciologists, pioneers in field investigations of our ice sheet. Each in their own way, these daring and passionate adventurers are trying to answer some of the most pressing questions of our times: exactly how fast is the ice sheet melting, and what will be the consequences for the rising sea levels? The filmmaker Lars Ostenfeld accompanies the three scientists on their pioneering explorations into the heart of the glacier “mills” - these sprawling ice wells hollowed out by the water and sometimes up to 200 metres deep - even in the midst of polar storms. Yet while the data gathered shows evidence of an alarming scenario, are the powers that be ready to act? Into the Ice sets off to discover these ice masses which, when studied, can reveal to us the secrets of the not-so distant future, when the face of the Earth will be decidedly different. (Aurélien Marsais, Visions du Réel)

    ON THIN ICE – WHAT DOES GLACIER MELTING MEAN FOR OUR FUTURE?
    After the critical appraisal of the film, Mylène Jacquemart (Glaciologist) and Marcel Hänggi (Initiator of the Glacier Initiative) will look at the state of the ice worldwide and in Switzerland. What is the state of «our» ice masses, the glaciers? What are the consequences of the ice loss and what can be done about it? Where do we stand in terms of climate policy in Switzerland?
    Moderation: Georg Klingler, Greenpeace Switzerland

    Presented with Greenpeace Switzerland

  2. 13:00
    Vera Dreams of the Sea
    Sat 3. Dec

    Tickets
    Additional screening without guests

    OVe 87' | Kosovo, Mazedonien 2021 | Kaltrina Krasniqi | Fiction

    Kaltrina Krasniqi signs the superb portrait of a woman and an essential piece of the cinematographic New Wave flourishing in Kosovo. Vera is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who works as a sign language interpreter. When her husband commits suicide, her life changes dramatically: she feels the weight of the oppressive and threatening patriarchy on her shoulders more and more insistently. Will Vera give in to protect her family? (FIFDH)

  3. 15:00
    Among Us Women
    Sat 3. Dec

    Tickets
    Additional screening without guests

    OVe 92' | Deutschland, Äthiopien | Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Daniel Abate Tilahun | Doc

    In rural Ethiopia the staff of a health centre are fighting maternal mortality. They tirelessly appeal to women to give birth in the clinic. But reservations are strong, and so are the practical obstacles. How are heavily pregnant women supposed to arrive in time when the ambulance comes hours later or not at all? Against medical advice, Hulu Ager decides to give birth at home, assisted by a traditional midwife.

    With palpable familiarity, the film crew captures moments of intimate communion between Hulu Ager, the midwives and other women. On the margins of the central conflict, the many challenges they face in a patriarchal society emerge. The debates are most lively under the hood dryer at the hairdresser’s: She doesn’t enjoy sex because of her circumcision, the medical professional Welela reports. “Sometimes you have to prepare yourself for sex,” another customer advises. Sometimes it helps to get drunk. But the perky hairdresser is sure: Bad sex is grounds for divorce. The women share their desires and woes with each other, experience solidarity and gather courage for small and great acts of departure and resistance. Men are relegated to the role of extras, if at all. (Dok Leipzig)

  4. 15:30
    Alis
    Sat 3. Dec
    OVe 84' | Kolumbien, Chile, Rumänien | Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck | Doc

    In a home in Columbia, ten young women take a seat, one after another, and close their eyes. They are asked to picture Alis, an imaginary friend, and to bring her story to life in a creative dialogue with the filmmakers. Like the interviewees, Alis used to live on the streets of Bogotá. This imaginary companion is the seed for an extraordinary documentary format, serving as a reflective and delicate point of entry to the protagonists’ own stories. Alis becomes a surface for the projection of past traumas, or the travails of companions who fell by the wayside, and also for life visions and desires for the future. The imaginary friend is a blank slate for exploring individual ideas of freedom, as well as battles that have yet to be fought. (Berlinale)

    BETWEEN TRUMMERS AND DREAMS – WAYS TO CONQUER TRAUMA (Engl.)
    The filmmakers Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck discuss with Virginia León Torrez (Literary scholar, University of Zurich) the precarious situation of young women in Latin America and show possible healing processes for victims of abuse. How can figure and therapeutic work help to overcome ones own painful past and tackle a new life?
    Moderation: Rachele Airoldi Asturias

    Film Award Prix Célestine by Interfilm Schweiz

  5. 18:00
    Ascension
    Sat 3. Dec
    OVe 97' | USA 2021 | Jessica Kindon | Doc

    The plastic woman gazes into the camera, her pupils fixated, her mouth open – this image seems to scream silently. Then a Chinese worker completes her work with adept hand movements: She paints the lips, adds eye colour, glues the vagina – all according to the western model visible on the mobile phone display. The result is a sex doll for the global market – on of the many memorable scenes in this artistically ambitious documentary. Crowds of people indulge in a megalomaniac water park, soldiers practice perfectly choreographed parades. The images remain uncommented and leave the individual with little worth. The editing, sound design and the great visual language combine to a great impressive collage of Chinese production and everyday scenes: They show the people at the bottom, who work for 2.99 USD an hour as well as the managers up to who have become billionaires thanks to the global consumer mania of cheap products. (slb, translation: jt)

    «PROGRESS» AT THE EXPENSE OF LABOUR AND HUMAN RIGHTS
    Nowhere in the world are the consequences of our belief in progress and the associated global problems more evident than in a country like China, where productivity, efficieny and mass consumption are paramount. Bernhard Herold (Former Programme Officer Asia, Solidar) and Thomas Braunschweig (Expert for Commercial Politics, Public Eye) discuss how our consumer attitude and globally interconnected supply chains affect the climate and social inequalities, and why we are all accountable for the inhumane work conditions in China.
    Moderation: Katharina Morawek, President HRFF Zurich

    Presented with Solidar Suisse and Public Eye

  6. Sat 3. Dec
    OVe 85' | Tschechien, Norwegen, Slowakei 2022 | Veronika Lišková | Doc

    A young anthropologist, Zdenka, moves with her family to Svalbard, Norway, to study how life is changing in polar regions. After falling in love with her new home, she discovers that not just icebergs and permafrost are vanishing in the Arctic. She has to work out to what extent she can get involved in the local community that she originally only intended to observe. (Semaine de la Critique, Locarno Film Festival)

    VULNERABILITY & POLITICAL EXCLUSION (Engl.)
    Following the film, filmmaker Veronika Lišková and visual anthropologist Darcy Alexandra (University of Bern) will discuss human vulnerability in the face of climate change and economic upheaval. Why does the experience of being at the mercy of others lead to a reversion to national identity and the division of communities like that of Svalbard?
    Moderation: Emanuel Schäublin, Board HRFF Zurich

  7. 20:30
    The Hamlet Syndrome
    Sat 3. Dec
    OVe 85' | Polen, Deutschland 2022 | Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski | Doc

    The film depicts the young Ukrainian generation scarred by war and political upheaval since 2014. The film’s starting point is the preparation for a play based on the motifs of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A powerful portrait of a generation having to confront their war trauma and tackle the painful past, which now after the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine becomes their present and future alike. (Semaine de la Critique, Locarno Film Festival)

    Following the film is a conversation with the filmmakers Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski.
    Moderation: Till Brockmann, Semaine de la Critique Locarno Film Festival

    Presented with the Film Festival Diritti Umani Lugano

  8. 21:00
    NEW: Melinda Nadj Abonji & Jurczok 1001 – Lidija Burčak CANCELLED!
    Sat 3. Dec

    Free Entry

    D 45' | diverse | Melinda Nadj Abonji & Jurczok 1001 | Text performance with music

    The performance of Lidija Burčak NÖD US ZUCKER - EXTENDED was cancelled due to health reasons.
    We are happy that we were able to book two wonderful eloquent artists at short notice: Melinda Nadj Abonji & Jurczok 1001

    Since 1998 the author, musician and text performer Melinda Nadj Abonji and the spoken word artist and singer Jurczok 1001 have been working on an independent stage language of short stories, spoken word texts, electric violin, vocals, human beatbox and loops.

    Over the years, they have tried out very different forms of collaboration, from a joint theater play to a joint CD to a novel reading with music. Consistently, they have worked out their differences, amplifying ruptures and frictions in their working methods, making a reputation for themselves as virtuoso linguistic artists. Most recently, Jurczok accompanied readings from the two award-winning novels "Tauben fliegen auf" and "Schildkrötensoldat" with delicate vocal and beatbox loops.

    Their cross-genre collaboration is unique in German-language literature. Their courage to innovate has been rewarded with invitations to numerous international literary festivals and spoken word stages. For example, they have shown their performances at the Volksbühne Berlin, the Leipzig Book Fair, the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, and the Solothurn Literature Days, among others.

    ADMISSION FREE | KOSMOS KLUB
    Photos: Andreas Greber, Gaëtan Bally

  9. 21:00
    Freda
    Sat 3. Dec
    OVe 93' | Haiti, Benin, Frankreich 2021 | Gessica Généus | Fiction

    Devastated by earthquakes, Haiti is a country buried under corruption, violence and colonial legacy. Freda lives with her mother and sister in Port-au-Prince and, at the age of 20, she refuses to give up and wants to believe in the future. But how can she stay when everything compels her to leave? Spotted in 2017 with The Sun Will Rise, Gessica Généus directs her debut feature film, shot in Creole and carried by extraordinary actresses. She tells the story of her country with love, sings its courage and celebrates the deep joy that persists despite the heartbreaking reality. (FIFDH Geneva)

    Following the film there will be a talk with the filmmaker Gessica Généus (Engl.)
    Moderation: Marguerite Meyer

Sun 4 Dec 2022
  1. 11:30
    Illusion of Abundance
    Sun 4. Dec
    OVe 58' | Belgien 2022 | Erika González Ramírez, Matthieu Lietaert | Doc

    “Colonialism is not over” is the haunting conclusion of this galvanizing documentary about the pillaging of resources in Latin America. The filmmakers talk about “the new conquistadors”, and with the responsibilities for the lies, theft and murder reaching deep into Europe and Germany, it’s hard to argue with that terminology. With breathtaking images, this doc is both a tribute to the selfless activists in places like Peru, Honduras and Brazil and a wake-up call for the rest of the world. (Film Festival Cologne)

    CIVIL POPULATION UNDER PRESSURE FROM ECONOMY AND POLITICS (Engl.)
    Governments violently crack down on protests, activists are criminalised and bureaucratic hurdles impede the political participation of civilians. Worldwide, repression against human rights defenders is on the rise. Ueli Locher, President of Peace Watch Switzerland, and Nina Burri, lawyer and specialist in corporate and human rights at HEKS, discuss with filmmaker Matthieu Lietaert the effects of this political climate of fear: What does it mean for the work of activists and NGOs, and what realistic options are there for civil forces to act? Moderation: Marguerite Meyer

    Presented with Peace Watch Switzerland

    In cooperation with HEKS, Reportagen and this human world

  2. 12:00
    Special Screening: Until Tomorrow
    Sun 4. Dec
    Ode 86' | Iran, France, Qatar, 2022 | Ali Asgari | Fic

    Special screening of the Iranian film UNTIL TOMORROW on the occasion of the current situation in Iran.

    Fereshteh is studying and works at a printers’ shop in Tehran. She wants to go to the US but is having trouble finding the time for a language course. This is because she also has a two-month-old baby that her parents know nothing about. When they announce at short notice that they are coming to visit, Fereshteh has to find another place for one night for her illegitimate child and everything that would give away her existence. What at first seems resolvable with a phone call to a few friends soon develops into a difficult undertaking. Fereshteh’s quick-witted friend Atefeh offers her support, but their ensuing odyssey through the city only reveals to the pair how limited their options are. In a society that does not grant everyone the same rights, young women have to weigh up carefully who their allies are.
    Director Ali Asgari stringently packs his narrative into a single day. Not only does he portray his intrepid protagonists, he also depicts what it means to lead a life outside traditional family structures – and the extent to which these structures shape Iranian society. (Berlinale 2022)

    WOMAN, LIFE, FREEDOM!
    Followed by a talk with activist Maryam Banihashemi on the reality of women and the protest movements in Iran.
    Moderation: Sascha Bleuler, Director HRFF Zurich

  3. 15:00
    Ascension
    Sun 4. Dec

    Tickets
    Additonal screening without guests

    OVe 97' | USA 2021 | Jessica Kindon | Doc

    The plastic woman gazes into the camera, her pupils fixated, her mouth open – this image seems to scream silently. Then a Chinese worker completes her work with adept hand movements: She paints the lips, adds eye colour, glues the vagina – all according to the western model visible on the mobile phone display. The result is a sex doll for the global market – on of the many memorable scenes in this artistically ambitious documentary. Crowds of people indulge in a megalomaniac water park, soldiers practice perfectly choreographed parades. The images remain uncommented and leave the individual with little worth. The editing, sound design and the great visual language combine to a great impressive collage of Chinese production and everyday scenes: They show the people at the bottom, who work for 2.99 USD an hour as well as the managers up to who have become billionaires thanks to the global consumer mania of cheap products. (slb, translation: jt)

  4. 15:30
    Freda
    Sun 4. Dec

    Tickets
    Additonal screening without guests

    OVe 93' | Haiti, Benin, Frankreich 2021 | Gessica Généus | Fiction

    Devastated by earthquakes, Haiti is a country buried under corruption, violence and colonial legacy. Freda lives with her mother and sister in Port-au-Prince and, at the age of 20, she refuses to give up and wants to believe in the future. But how can she stay when everything compels her to leave? Spotted in 2017 with The Sun Will Rise, Gessica Généus directs her debut feature film, shot in Creole and carried by extraordinary actresses. She tells the story of her country with love, sings its courage and celebrates the deep joy that persists despite the heartbreaking reality. (FIFDH Geneva)

  5. 18:00
    Continental Drift (South)
    Sun 4. Dec

    K6 Tickets

    Fd 90' | Schweiz, Frankreich 2022 | Lionel Baier | Doc

    Nathalie Adler is on a mission in Sicily for the European Union, organizing the upcoming visit of a migrant camp by Macron and Merkel – Codename M&M's. Their presence has great symbolic value, demonstrating that everything is under control. But who is still prepared to believe in this European family on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Definitely not Albert, Nathalie's son, who is an activist with a nonprofit and turns up out of the blue, years after breaking off all contact with his mother. Their reunion will prove more explosive than the diplomatic mission. (Films du Solange)

    Followed by a talk with the filmmaker Lionel Baier (Engl.)
    Moderation: Marcy Goldberg

  6. 18:30
    Je suis noires & Ethereality
    Sun 4. Dec

    K3 Tickets

    Odf 67' | Schweiz 2022 & 2020 | Rachel M’Bon, Juliana Fanjul & Kantarama Gahigiri | Doc

    June 2020. Crowds take to the streets of Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne to denounce systemic racism: an unprecedented occurrence in Switzerland, a country that continues to deny any association with slavery and colonial power. Touched by this sudden outpouring of solidarity, Rachel M'Bon, a mixed-race Swiss journalist accompanied by filmmaker Juliana Fanjul, sets out to meet women who speak of their quest for identity in a country apparently so tolerant. (FIFDH Geneva)

    Prefilm: Ethereality
    Stranded in space for 30 years. How does it feel to finally come home? A reflection on migration and the sense of belonging. (First Hand Films)

    BLACK AND WOMAN (Engl.)
    After the film, filmmaker and journalist Rachel M'Bon, Carmel Fröhlicher-Stines (psychologist) and Mandy Abou Shoak (expert on violence prevention, candidate for the cantonal council SP Kreis 3/9) will discuss their experience with structural racism and their struggle for social recognition as Black women.
    Moderation: Ania Anna Mathis, Lawyer and Co-Coordinator of Black Film Festival Zurich

    Presented with Black Film Festival Zurich

  7. 20:30
    Alis
    Sun 4. Dec

    K6 Tickets
    Additonal screening without guests

    OVe 84' | Kolumbien, Chile, Rumänien | Clare Weiskopf, Nicolas van Hemelryck | Doc

    In a home in Columbia, ten young women take a seat, one after another, and close their eyes. They are asked to picture Alis, an imaginary friend, and to bring her story to life in a creative dialogue with the filmmakers. Like the interviewees, Alis used to live on the streets of Bogotá. This imaginary companion is the seed for an extraordinary documentary format, serving as a reflective and delicate point of entry to the protagonists’ own stories. Alis becomes a surface for the projection of past traumas, or the travails of companions who fell by the wayside, and also for life visions and desires for the future. The imaginary friend is a blank slate for exploring individual ideas of freedom, as well as battles that have yet to be fought. (Berlinale)

  8. Sun 4. Dec

    Tickets
    Additonal screening without guests

    OVe 85' | Tschechien, Norwegen, Slowakei 2022 | Veronika Lišková | Doc

    A young anthropologist, Zdenka, moves with her family to Svalbard, Norway, to study how life is changing in polar regions. After falling in love with her new home, she discovers that not just icebergs and permafrost are vanishing in the Arctic. She has to work out to what extent she can get involved in the local community that she originally only intended to observe. (Semaine de la Critique, Locarno Film Festival)

Mon 5 Dec 2022
  1. 10:00
    Un Triomphe - School screening
    Mon 5. Dec
    Fd 107' | Frankreich 2020 | Emmanuel Courcol | Spielfilm

    Un acteur en galère accepte pour boucler ses fins de mois d’animer un atelier théâtre en prison. Surpris par les talents de comédien des détenus, il se met en tête de monter avec eux une pièce sur la scène d’un vrai théâtre. Commence alors une formidable aventure humaine. Inspiré d’une histoire vraie. (allocine)

    Moderation: Sandrine Charlot-Zinsli, aux arts etc... and Barbara Peyer, Teacher in the penal system

    In cooperation with aux arts etc...

  2. 13:30
    Animal - School screening
    Mon 5. Dec

    K3

    Odf 105' | Frankreich 2021 | Cyril Dion | Dok

    16-year-old Bella and Vipulan are part of a generation convinced its very future is in danger. Between climate change and the 6th mass extinction of wildlife, their world could well be inhabitable 50 years from now. They have sounded the alarm over and over, but nothing has really changed. So they've decided to tackle the root of the problem: our relationship with the living world. Over the course of an extraordinary journey, they come to realize just how deeply humans are tied to all other living species.
    And that by saving them... we're also saving ourselves. Humans thought they could distance themselves from nature, but humans are part and parcel of nature. For man is, after all, an Animal. (Cannes Film Festival)

    Followed by a talk with Marie-Claire Graf, speaker for just sustainable development and ambitious climate action, in cooperation with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

  3. 14:00
    Kalle Kosmonaut - School Screening
    Mon 5. Dec

    K6

    D (SDH)* 99' | Deutschland 2022 | Tine Kugler, Günther Kurth | Doc

    The Allee der Kosmonauten does not lead to the stars. If you grow up in the prefabricated high-rises here in north-eastern Berlin, your path is more likely to be mapped out in other directions. Even if you’re as smart as Pascal, also known as Kalle, who is ten-years-old at the beginning of the film. Tine Kugler and Günther Kurth have accompanied him for over a decade. Sometimes full of hope and ambition, sometimes burdened by fears and problems, tormenting thoughts and experiences, he looks for his place in life. A documentary observation in which animated sequences complement what is transpiring beyond the camera. Empathetic, poetic and humorous, the directing duo not only draws a precise portrait of the charismatic protagonist, but it also creates a kaleidoscopic picture of the unglamorous side of Berlin, far from the landmarks and trendy neighbourhoods. (Berlinale)

    Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
    Moderation: Aline Juchler

  4. 18:00
    Rotzloch
    Mon 5. Dec
    Od 96' | Schweiz 2022 | Maja Tschumi | Doc

    In a godforsaken place called “Snot hole”, on the edge of a quarry, a new life begins for four young refugee men. Having a long escape behind them, they try to get back on their feet. Above all, they are searching for contact with women, encounters, love and sex. They find themselves in a different culture and faced with unexpected conflicts. In the film, these young men trace their paths through this new reality and thus are confronted with themselves, their masculinity and their sexuality. (Swiss Films)

    KOSMOPOLITICS | 20:00 Forum
    A COLD WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND?
    How do we establish meeting spaces for refugees and local Swiss people? Which places are intended for refugees and under which conditions? What prejudice and inhibition stands in the way? A conversation with with filmmaker Maja Tschumi, Ivo Grossert from Architecture for Refugees and Hatim Baloch from Solinetz Zurich talk about exclusion and what it means to be truly welcomed.
    Moderation: Natalia Guecheva

  5. 18:30
    Chaylla
    Mon 5. Dec
    Fe 72' | Frankreich 2022 | Paul Pirritano, Clara Teper | Doc

    Lens, in Northern France. 23-year-old Chaylla is fighting to free herself from a violent relationship. However, her determination comes up against a part of herself that still hopes to share her life with the father of her children. And if Chaylla, head held high, decides to press charges and reclaim her rights in the face of the society and the patriarchy in which she has no confidence, it is also thanks to the support of a duo of women – her mother-in-law and her best friend – who accompany her on a daily basis. It is with them that she shares her sorrow and passions, that she holds back her tears, smiles softly or sings at the top of her voice. The camera, always as close as possible to her face, enhances its strength, while the expressivity and magnetism of the close-ups are reminiscent of those of Renée Falconetti. Clara Teper and Paul Pirritano have made a magnificent first feature-length film shedding upsetting light on violence against women and the difficulties of finding one’s own way to justice. This social drama is infused with the extreme humanity and sincerity of a woman, Chaylla. (Visions du Réel)

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ABOUT TABOOS, POWERLESSNESS AND THE COURAGE TO ACT
    The filmmakers Clara Teper and Paul Pirritano (filmmakers) and Rozë Berisha (Responsible Counselling, Brava) talk about their experiences in dealing with victims of domestic violence. Why is detachment often difficult and what problems do victims face? Why is it so difficult to get help and what role can counselling centres play?
    Moderation: Christina Caprez, journalist, sociologist, author

    Presented with Brava (former TERRE DES FEMMES Switzerland)

  6. 20:30
    Kalle Kosmonaut
    Mon 5. Dec
    D (SDH)* 99' | Deutschland 2022 | Tine Kugler, Günther Kurth | Doc

    The Allee der Kosmonauten does not lead to the stars. If you grow up in the prefabricated high-rises here in north-eastern Berlin, your path is more likely to be mapped out in other directions. Even if you’re as smart as Pascal, also known as Kalle, who is ten-years-old at the beginning of the film. Tine Kugler and Günther Kurth have accompanied him for over a decade. Sometimes full of hope and ambition, sometimes burdened by fears and problems, tormenting thoughts and experiences, he looks for his place in life. A documentary observation in which animated sequences complement what is transpiring beyond the camera. Empathetic, poetic and humorous, the directing duo not only draws a precise portrait of the charismatic protagonist, but it also creates a kaleidoscopic picture of the unglamorous side of Berlin, far from the landmarks and trendy neighbourhoods. (Berlinale)

    Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
    Moderation: Aline Juchler

  7. 21:00
    Fly So Far
    Mon 5. Dec
    OVe 88' | El Salvador, Schweden 2021 | Celina Escher | Doc

    Once accused and imprisoned for aggravated homicide for having a late-term miscarriage, Teodora Vásquez has become the spokesperson for all such victims of El Salvador’s cruel anti-abortion laws, and a symbol of empowerment, resistance and solidarity.

    MY BODY, MY RIGHTS: WORLDWIDE ATTACKS ON THE RIGHT TO ABORTION
    Discussion with Celina Escher (filmmaker) and Cyrielle Huguenot (women's rights expert Amnesty Switzerland). El Salvador maintains its ban on abortion, Poland has introduced a complete ban, the US Supreme Court has struck down the right to abortion - and even in Switzerland popular initiatives are calling for new restrictions: Are we at a turning point? How can we defend ourselves against this?Moderation: Stephanie Eger, Women's Group Amnesty Zurich

    Presented with Amnesty International Switzerland

Tue 6 Dec 2022
  1. 09:30
    Kalle Kosmonaut - School Screening
    Tue 6. Dec
    D (SDH)* 99' | Deutschland 2022 | Tine Kugler, Günther Kurth | Doc

    The Allee der Kosmonauten does not lead to the stars. If you grow up in the prefabricated high-rises here in north-eastern Berlin, your path is more likely to be mapped out in other directions. Even if you’re as smart as Pascal, also known as Kalle, who is ten-years-old at the beginning of the film. Tine Kugler and Günther Kurth have accompanied him for over a decade. Sometimes full of hope and ambition, sometimes burdened by fears and problems, tormenting thoughts and experiences, he looks for his place in life. A documentary observation in which animated sequences complement what is transpiring beyond the camera. Empathetic, poetic and humorous, the directing duo not only draws a precise portrait of the charismatic protagonist, but it also creates a kaleidoscopic picture of the unglamorous side of Berlin, far from the landmarks and trendy neighbourhoods. (Berlinale)

    Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
    Moderation: Aline Juchler

  2. 10:00
    Animal - School screening
    Tue 6. Dec
    Odf 105' | Frankreich 2021 | Cyril Dion | Dok

    16-year-old Bella and Vipulan are part of a generation convinced its very future is in danger. Between climate change and the 6th mass extinction of wildlife, their world could well be inhabitable 50 years from now. They have sounded the alarm over and over, but nothing has really changed. So they've decided to tackle the root of the problem: our relationship with the living world. Over the course of an extraordinary journey, they come to realize just how deeply humans are tied to all other living species.
    And that by saving them... we're also saving ourselves. Humans thought they could distance themselves from nature, but humans are part and parcel of nature. For man is, after all, an Animal. (Cannes Film Festival)

    Followed by a talk with Marie-Claire Graf, speaker for just sustainable development and ambitious climate action, in cooperation with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland

  3. 18:00
    Casablanca Beats
    Tue 6. Dec
    OVe 101' | Marokko, Frankreich 2021 | Nabil Ayouch | Fiction

    Anas, a former rapper, is hired as an animator in a cultural centre in Casablanca. With his help, the teenagers will embrace rap and hip-hop as a means of expressing their rage, fears and rejection of tradition. Inspired by his childhood, Nabil Ayouch (Much Loved, Razzia) captures the energy of a Moroccan youth on the verge of implosion, its furious need for change and the liberating power of music, carried by an outstanding cast of young non-professional actors. (FIFDH)

    With an introduction by Jasmin Basic, FIFDH

    Presented with The Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

  4. 18:30
    The Hamlet Syndrome
    Tue 6. Dec

    Tickets
    Additional Screening without guests

    OVe 85' | Polen, Deutschland 2022 | Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski | Doc

    The film depicts the young Ukrainian generation scarred by war and political upheaval since 2014. The film’s starting point is the preparation for a play based on the motifs of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A powerful portrait of a generation having to confront their war trauma and tackle the painful past, which now after the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine becomes their present and future alike. (Semaine de la Critique, Locarno Film Festival)

  5. 20:30
    Regra 34
    Tue 6. Dec
    OVe 100' | Brasilien, Frankreich 2022 | Julia Murat | Fiction

    Simone is a young lawyer who just started a preparatory course for being a public defender of women’s rights. Her daily life consists of law studies and kung fu classes. One day while watching a BDSM film online, she is taken by the expression she sees on the girl’s face – a mixture of fear and ecstasy – which profoundly fascinates her. This video seems to entice both her impulse for sexual gratification and her most internal fears, amalgamating in a single urgent desire.
    Gradually an insatiable hunger for losing control takes over, leading her to expose herself to the BDSM world in a journey with her friend, Lucia. But Lucia isn’t able to follow the same path, positioning Simone’s desire as a reflection of a male chauvinist society. For Lucia this is in juxtaposition to their stance on violence against women.
    Simone then begins to perform BSDM scenes with Coyote her roommate and fellow prep course student. With him she exposes herself to progressively more dangerous situations. Eventually he becomes afraid of hurting Simone and stops the partnership. Now, on her own, she moves closer to the edge of her own internal precipice. (Visonssudest)

    CLOSING NIGHT
    WORDS OF WELCOME
    Team Porny Days
    Giona Nazzaro, Artistic Director Locarno Film Festival
    Presented with Porny Days and Locarno Film Festival

    SAVE THE DATE: On the International Day of Human Rights, 10th December, we are hosted by the Neubad Lucerne with a screening of REGRA 34 at the beautiful swimming pool cinema.

  6. 21:00
    Kalle Kosmonaut
    Tue 6. Dec

    Tickets
    Additional screening without guests

    D (SDH)* 99' | Deutschland 2022 | Tine Kugler, Günther Kurth | Doc

    The Allee der Kosmonauten does not lead to the stars. If you grow up in the prefabricated high-rises here in north-eastern Berlin, your path is more likely to be mapped out in other directions. Even if you’re as smart as Pascal, also known as Kalle, who is ten-years-old at the beginning of the film. Tine Kugler and Günther Kurth have accompanied him for over a decade. Sometimes full of hope and ambition, sometimes burdened by fears and problems, tormenting thoughts and experiences, he looks for his place in life. A documentary observation in which animated sequences complement what is transpiring beyond the camera. Empathetic, poetic and humorous, the directing duo not only draws a precise portrait of the charismatic protagonist, but it also creates a kaleidoscopic picture of the unglamorous side of Berlin, far from the landmarks and trendy neighbourhoods. (Berlinale)