Armed with a camera: STAATENLOS – KLAUS ROZSA, FOTOGRAF hits cinemas today

06. April 2017

Miklós Klaus Rózsa is spied upon, arrested and beaten up for photographing that which he should not: police violence against civilians. Director Erich Schmid's documentary STAATENLOS is the portrait of a resolute Zurich contemporary and the story of a turbulent life.

STAATENLOS – KLAUS ROZSA, FOTOGRAF by Erich Schmid | Switzerland 2016

For decades, photographer and political activist Klaus Rózsa remained a thorn in the eye of the Swiss police. Having fled Hungary in 1956, he was raised in Switzerland by a Jewish father who survived Auschwitz. Perhaps it was his close proximity to this experience that repeatedly led him and his camera to places clouded by injustice. Rózsa meticulously followed left wing, socio-political movements, such as Zurich’s 1980s youth uprising – an activity during the height of the Cold War that soon made him a target for Switzerland’s state security service, which wrote: “he hinders the work of the police because he takes photographs of police brutality”.