• Die Demokratie ist los!
  • Die Demokratie ist los!
  • Die Demokratie ist los!

Die Demokratie ist los!

by Thomas Isler Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria / Competition

Europe is in a crisis. On the right fringes of the political landscape, ever-louder anti-European, anti-Islamic and nationalist voices can be heard. These are mingled with the praises of a country that has supposedly done everything right: Switzerland, and its direct democracy. Yet in Switzerland, this direct democracy has reached its boundaries. Called for by the Swiss electorate, such constitutional amendments as the anti-minaret or deportation initiatives contravene the basic principles of internationally recognized human rights conventions. This film explores the call for direct democracy in the neighboring countries of Austria, Germany and France, contrary to the experiences of our country regarding the limitations of such a political system. At the same time, the documentary addresses the question of what actually constitutes the Swiss population, as this proves to be much more heterogeneous than politicians often portray.

  • Genre: DOC: History & Politics
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 2014
  • Runtime: 87 Min
  • Languages: Swiss German, French, German
  • Subtitles: German, English
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  • Director: Thomas Isler
  • Cast: Helen Keller, Andreas Noll, Reinhold Nussmüller, Oliver Diggelmann u.v.a.
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  • Cinematography: Frank Barbian, Thomas Isler
  • Editor: Kathrin Plüss
  • Sound: Patrick Becker, Reto Stamm
  • Music: Bernd Schurer
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  • Producers: Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler
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  • Production Company: Maximage GmbH
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