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Documentary, 103 min.

Title E:Special Flight

by Fernand Melgar

Switzerland, August 2011

In Switzerland, more than 200’000 illegal immigrants live in fear: at any moment they risk being arrested without committing any crime. They can be tied up, handcuffed, gagged and returned to their native land by force on a special rendition flight. These people have a built a new life and started a family, yet Swiss officials can expel them from the country overnight. Why? Because they do not have any means of identification. Thousands of men and women find themselves in one of the 33 administrative detention centres in the country and could be incarcerated for up to 24 months. The filmmaker has chosen to immerse himself in the Frambois prison in Geneva, capital of human rights.

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Directed by: Fernand Melgar
Written by: Fernand Melgar

World Premiere: August 2011
Original Version: French (german/english subtitles), colour, 35mm, 103 min.

ISAN: 0000-0002-A3C0-0000-T-0000-0000-0

Production: Association Climage, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, ARTE G.E.I.E.
Producer: Fernand Melgar
Executive Producer: Stéphane Goël

Cinematography: Denis Jutzeler
Editing: Karine Sudan, Prune Jaillet
Location Sound Mix: Christophe Giovannoni, Jürg Lempen
Sound Editing: Gabriel Hafner
Rerecording Sound Mix: François Musy
Music: Wandifa Njie

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World Sales: CAT&Docs

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Distribution Switzerland: Look Now!
Distribution France: Dissidenz Films
Distribution Italy: Zalab Distribuzione

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Open / CloseAwards (a selection)

  • New York NY, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Emmy Award 2014 (Nomination)
  • Bujumbura, Festival international du cinéma et de l'audiovisuel du Buruni, Grand Prix du meilleur documentaire 2013
  • Lampedusa, LampedusaInFestival, Grand Prix 2013
  • Zaragoza, Muestra de Cine y Derechos Humanos, Premio Público 2013
  • Berlin, Prix Europa, Grand Prix IRIS 2012
  • Durham, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award 2012
  • Durham, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Anne Dellinger Grand Jury Award 2012
  • El Menzah 5 Tunis, Fesitval international du film des droits de l'homme Tunis, Grand prix meilleur long métrage 2012
  • Gilching, Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Horizonte Filmpreis 2012
  • Liège, Festival International du film policier de Liège, Prix du meilleur documentaire 2012
  • Linz, Crossing Europe - Filmfestival Linz, FEDEORA Award für Dokumentarfilme 2012
  • Luzern, Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Award «Quartz», Best Documentary Film 2012
  • Paris, Festival International du Film des Droits de l'Homme de Paris, Prix du Jury Lycéens et Apprentis de Paris pour les Droits de l'Homme 2012
  • Poindimié, Festival International du Cinéma des Peuples «ânûû-rû âboro», Prix spécial du Jury 2012
  • Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival, The Best Film Award 2012
  • Roma, Prix Italia, Prix Italia - Documentari d'attualità 2012
  • San Sebastian, San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival, Grand Prix AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 2012
  • Solothurn, Solothurner Filmtage, Prix de Soleure 2012
  • Washington, Silverdocs Documentary Festival AFI/Discovery Channel, Special World Feature Jury Mention 2012
  • Wien, This Human World Int. Filmfestival der Menschenrechte, One World Filmclubs Award 2012
  • Bruxelles, Festival des Libertés, Mention spéciale Fédération internationale des droits de l'homme 2011
  • Bruxelles, Festival des Libertés, Mention spéciale du Jury 2011
  • Locarno, Locarno Festival, Prix du Jury Oecuménique 2011
  • Locarno, Locarno Festival, Premier Prix du Jury des Jeunes 2011
  • Moncton, Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie, Grand Prix du meilleur documentaire 2011
  • Warsaw, Watch Docs Human Rights International Film Festival, Grand Prix 2011

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