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by Anna Thommen Documentary Film Germany, Austria, Switzerland / Competition

An unusual scene is witnessed on Basel’s Kasernenareal during the summer of 2010: Dozens of young people are seen standing around in groups trying to follow the talk given by their teacher Mr Zingg. They arrived in Switzerland by plane, train, bus and rubber boat from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Serbia and Venezuela, and today is their first day in an integrated class. Hopes are high that they will connect with their teacher, as it is his job over the next two years to teach them the basics and idiosyncrasies of Swiss culture. Above all, Mr Zingg’s function is to prepare these adolescents, traumatised by the severe turns of fate handed to them, for occupational integration into society. As the end of school draws nearer, each of the young immigrants is faced with the same painful question: Is there a place for me in this country? The filmmaker Anna Thommen followed the students of the Basel Integration Class for two years to create her first feature-length documentary film.

  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 2013
  • Runtime: 95 Min
  • Languages: German, Farsi, Swiss German, Albanian
  • Subtitles: German
  • Director: Anna Thommen
  • Cast: Ehsanullah Habibi, Nazlije Aliji, Christian Zingg, Ismail Aliji, Hamidullah Hashimi, Andreas Andreas Schultheiss
  • Screenplay: Anna Thommen
  • Cinematography: Gabriela Betschart
  • Editors: Andreas Arnheiter, Anna Thommen
  • Sound: David Rehorek
  • Music: Jaro Milko, Eric Gut
  • Producers: Rolf Schmid, Stefan Eichenberger
  • Production Companies: Fama Film AG, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
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