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Fernand Melgar / Feature Documentary / Switzerland / 2011 / 103 min / Colour / HDCAM
In French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Social Issues, Immigration
MENA Premiere


A powerful and moving documentary about the thousands of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers held every year at a Switzerland detention centre prior to being expelled from the country. Through the stories
of six migrants, the film reveals the months of waiting, hope and despair, and the relationships that form between the deeply human wardens, and the immigrants at the end of their journeys.

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About the Directors

Born in Morocco in 1961, the son of Spanish immigrants, Fernand Melgar has lived in Switzerland since 1963 as a producer and film editor. He directed more than ten documentaries dealing with identity and immigration, among them, “The Fortress” which garnered with eleven international film festival awards.


Fernand Melgar
Fernand Melgar
Karine Sudan
Wandifa Njie
Denis Jutzeler
Sales Company
Swiss Films

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