«Daniela Wildi presents a formally classical documentary work on the barbaric practice, usual in Switzerland until the Sixties, to reallocate unwished children for work in other families under conditions of slavery. Thanks to a very precious work of casting, the rigorous filmic proposal highlights the direct witnesses of a phenomenon that still today marks no less than 50.000 persons, who often lack acknowledgement or compensation. Through well-chosen frames, a perfect balance of empathy and distance, and an intriguing editing that dares to overcome the level of the individual in order to create a choral discourse, «J’étais un enfant qu’on ne voyait pas» not only informs on the past and the present of this phenomenon, but moreover works performatively as a form of relief for the interviewed persons. A “therapeutic” story of sorrow, which Switzerland does not seem to be disposed to hear and accept yet. (GDS)»
In Switzerand, tens of thousands of children, adolescents and adults, were placed in foster care or admitted to closed institutions, despite their innocence. The exploitation and violence, both physical and emotional, experienced by foster children, left a severe impact on many which accompanied them for life.
The documentary « J'étais un enfant qu'on ne voyait pas » by Daniela Wildi reports on a repressed chapter in Swiss social history from the perspective of those affected. Four people speak about their experiences before, during and after the placement.
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Length: 25:20 Minutes
Language: Swiss-German, French
Aspect ratio: 16:9
CREW & CAST
Producer - Daniela Wildi & Nevin George I Concept and Idea - Daniela Wildi & Martin Steiner I Director - Daniela Wildi I Director of photography - Aaron Markus Graf I Editing - Aaron Markus Graf & Daniela Wildi I Color Grading - Aaron Markus Graf I Sound supervisor - André Brauen I Casting - Daniela Wildi I Film music - Jonas Biedermann & Judith Piaff I Translation - Laetitia Codd I Movie poster - Nevin George
Simone H. I Andreas Jost I Roger Bresch I Wilhlem Sauter
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Josef Müller Stiftung Muri I Gemeinde Zufikon I Broncolor I Verein Fremdplatziert
«Mir wär wichtig, dass es Umdenke stattfinde würd. Und dass mer au lernt in de Schwiz nit alles eifach ahzneh, ohniz‘hinterfröge. Nume will epis Gsetz isch oder will epis Jahrzente lang eso gmacht worde isch, heisst es nit, dass es muss richtig sii.»
English: «I would like people to change their way of thinking. And for people in Switzerland to learn not just accept things without questioning them. Just because something is law or because it is tradition does not mean it is right.»
- ANDREAS JOST, 2019
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