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a film without borderS

Devoted to the daily life at a centre for the registration of asylum seekers, The Fortress has helped to expand the debate on asylum in Switzerland. Since it was awarded the Léopard d'or award at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2008, the sensitive subject matter as well as the sensitive manner in which Fernand Melgar filmed it have brought it international recognition. The film has been invited to several film festivals the world over and has won numerous awards. It was a great success in Switzerland with over 45'000 viewers going to see it in the cinema.

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broadcasting tv


SF DRS the 5th April at 22h00.

A  tool  for  schools


THE FORTRESS offers a multitude of teaching possibilities. It could be used to start a debate, for civics (asylum, settling of foreigners in Switzerland etc…), geography, history (international migrations and their motivations, the Geneva Convention etc…), media (documentary vs militant film, the choices in editing etc…).

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«A masterpiece with humanity
Thierry Jobin, Le Temps

«The Fortress is a must see
Thierry Meyer, 24Heures

«The fortress is not only a poignant documentary, it is a masterpiece         
Antoine Duplan, L’Hebdo