Conversation over the fence

2014 | Documentary | 13.5 min | BA Film

Directed by Lisa Gerig

Collection: Degree Films 2015

A documentary essay-like film about the deportation center in Zürich. As a part of the prison group form the Solidarity Network I regularly visit detainees. These visits are a way of attempting to ensure that these people are not left alone in their isolation.The film describes the situation of the detainees, that are held in the deportation center under strict rules up to 18 months. I never enter the prison with my camera during the film - the detainees stay faceless. My voice gives the spectator a better understanding of the doom of these people in this forgotten place.

Runtime13.5 min
Year of Production2014
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP, QT, DVD, Blu-ray
Audio FormatStereo
Spoken LanguageGerman
Available SubtitlesEnglish, French
Director Lisa Gerig
Cinematography Lisa Gerig
Editor Lisa Gerig
Screenplay Lisa Gerig
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Project Supervision Marille Hahne, Barbara Weber
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Head of Programme BA Film Prof. Bernhard Lehner


24. November 2015
ZHdK documentary film wins!

Lisa Gerig's documentary film "Zaungespräche" has been awarded the ARRI Prize for Best Documentary Film. The film documents the director's visits to the inmates of a Swiss detention centre awaiting deportation.

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