Smoke Break

2021 | Documentary | 9.5 min | BA Film

Directed by Alan Sahin

Produced by ZHdK

Collection: Degree Films 2021

As a non-smoker I always wondered what I was missing out on during smoke breaks. Now I know.
 Forever under threat of being abolished, the smoke break seems to be one of the only moments where employees maintain social contact in the workplace, even if only on a superficial level. 
People’s phones are becoming ever more present. While they do stimulate conversations and lead to new topics of discussion, they also result in long periods of silence.
 My interest lies in whether smoke breaks are dominated by human interaction or if it is about satisfying an addiction.


Runtime9.5 min
Year of Production2021
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatProRes, DCP
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting FormatProRes
Spoken LanguageSwiss German, French, Portugese
Available SubtitlesGerman, French
Director, Cinematography Alan Sahin
Editor Marvin Meckes
Produced byZHdK
Location Sound Engineer Alan Sahin
Sound Design Jan Gubser
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Digital Colorist Ramón Königshausen
Technical Support Equipment Andreas Birkle, Maurizius Staerkle Drux
Technical Support Postproduction Fabienne Koch, Yasmin Joerg
Project Mentoring Sabine Gisiger, Barbara Weber, Maurizius Staerkle Drux
Financial Support Stadt Nidau
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Programme Director Sabine Boss