Unknown Territory

2013 | Documentary, Coming of Age | 92 min | MA Film

Directed by Anna Thommen

Collection: Degree Films 2013

UNKNOWN TERRITORY accompanies young migrants during their two-years of schooling in the integration class Basel on their uncertain path to a better future in Switzerland – an unknown country with a foreign language and culture.

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Runtime92 min
Year of Production2013
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP
Aspect Ratio1.85:1
Audio Format5.1
Shooting FormatXDCAM EX
Spoken LanguageGerman, Farsi, Albanian
Available SubtitlesGerman, English
Director Anna Thommen
Cinematography Gabriela Betschart
Music Jaro Milko
Eric Gut
Editor Anna Thommen
Andreas Arnheiter
Screenplay Anna Thommen
Creative Producer Rolf Schmid
Stefan Eichenberger
Supporting ActorsAli Ahmed, Herr Aliji, Ana Lucia Amaral, Hossein Amiri, Zejnep Avdiji, Fatime Bairami, Gilbert Bötsch, Emanuel Castillo, Aman Estefanos, Calista Fondem, Frau Gall, Carlos Luis Alvarez Garcia, Steve Isler, Tugce Kummer, Mitarbeitende Birsmattehof, Silvia Niggli, Thiago Oliveira, Mevludjie Sadiki, Frau Scalva, Albulena Spahiu, Ermias Tadese, Alexander Tanner
Location Sound Engineer David Rehorek
Sound Design David Rehorek
Jürg von Allmen
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Graphic Artist David Schwarz
Technical Support Equipment Gian Courtin
Technical Support Postproduction Rebecca Siegfried
Production Famafilm AG
Engelstrasse 52
8026 Zürich
Co-Production Company SRF Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Fachrichtung Film
Studiengang Master of Arts in Film
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Anita Wasser
Head of Programme MA Film Prof. Markus Imboden


1. June 2016
2016 CIVIS Media Prize

Joachim Gauck honours two ZHdK degree films: Piet Baumgartner's «Inland» (2015) and Anna Thommen's «Neuland» (2013) have been awarded the European CIVIS Media Prize for Migration, Integration and Cultural Diversity. At yesterday's ceremony, held at the German Foreign Ministry, the ZhdK filmmakers and other award winners received their prizes from Joachim Gauck, the President of Germany.

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17. April 2015
Alexis Victor Thalberg Documentary Film Award

Endowed with a total of CHF 30'000, this year's Alexis Victor Thalberg Documentary Film Award was given to one BA degree film — "Balazher. Korrekturen der Wirklichkeit" — and two MA degree films — "Neuland" und "Padrone e Sotto".

31. January 2014
Nomination for the Swiss Film Award

Anna Thommen's NEULAND is awarded the 2014 PRIX DU PUBLIC at the Solothurner Filmtage.

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30. January 2014
Nomination for the Swiss Film Award

At the "Nominations Night" at the Solothurn Film Days, Anna Thommen's documentary film NEULAND is nominated for the 2014 Swiss Film Award QUARTZin the Category "Best Documentary Film".

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20. January 2014

Anna Thommen's documentary film NEULAND has been nominated for the PRIX DU PUBLIC at the Solothurn Film Days.

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7. October 2013
1st Prize for Best Documentary Film goes to NEULAND

At the Zurich Film Festival, Anna Thommen's 2013 MA degree film NEULAND has been awarded 1st Prize in the Documentary Film Competition Austria, Germany, Switzerland.

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19. September 2013
Nomination of three MA degree films

In the Category "Documentary Film", the five nominated films include two ZHdK films: MA NA SAPNA by Valerie Gudenus and NEULAND by Anna Thommen. | In the Category "Short and Animation Films", Talkon Hamzavi's multiple-awarding film PARVANEH has been nominated for FIRST STEPS.

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