In the lean years of WW II, the family of Swiss director Markus Imhoof took in Giovanna, an Italian refugee part of a limited-term program for children. When her stay ended, Giovanna was forced to return to Italy, where she died of illness soon after. With this early experience as a point of entry to the ongoing refugee crisis, Imhoof takes us on a journey with extraordinary access through the Italian warships of Operation Mare Nostrum, refugee camps handled by the Italian Mafia, asylum hearings with local authorities, all designed to turn back refugees at all levels. What emerges is a stark picture of a human tragedy and the biggest mass displacement of people since World War II.
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Markus Imhoof’s sombre, unflinching and personal film follows desperate, angry and frustrated migrants from rubber dinghies to transit camps in Italy
Markus Imhoof’s Eldorado is a deeply felt documentary essay on Europe’s refugee question. He has bold footage shot from an Italian warship picking up desperate people from the sea, and films, too, in a train where refugees are attempting to cross borders illegally.
Born in 1941 in Winterthur, Switzerland, Markus Imhoof studied Art History, History and German studies at the University of Zurich. He then studied Film at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zurich, worked as assistant to Leopold Lindtberg at the Zurich Schauspielhaus and taught at film schools in Berlin, Milan and Zurich as guest lecturer. Since 1969 he works as independent filmmaker. In 1981 he received the Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for DAS BOOT IST VOLL. In 2013 he won the Swiss Film Award for Best Documentary Film for MORE THAN HONEY. Imhoof currently lives and works in Berlin.