Swiss German documentaries in Paris
From February 1 to 7, 1980, Swiss German contemporary cinema was introduced in Paris. The Swiss Film Week, then dedicated to documentaries, was part of Pro Helvetia’s Espaces, organised in the French capital. A number of Fredi M. Murer’s movies were screened, among them Wir Bergler in den Bergen sind eigentlich nicht schuld, dass wir da sind (1974).
Swiss National Library, poster collection
Everyday life in the mountains of Uri
The documentary Wir Bergler in den Bergen sind eigentlich nicht schuld, dass wir da sind, is a realistic demonstration of everyday life in the alps as experienced by the mountain population of Uri. It portrays their struggle for survival in a rapidly changing world. The film breaks with the traditional perception of pastoral life in the Swiss alps.
© Fredi M. Murer
Fredi M. Murer’s documentaries in Africa
During the 1980s, Fredi M. Murer’s works are frequently included in Pro Helvetia’s Swiss Film Weeks abroad. Pro Helvetia shows the movie about the mountain population of Uri in October 1985 in Rwanda.
Pro Helvetia poster for Fredi M.Murer’s movie, 1984
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