Jean Ziegler, the Optimism of Willpower

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    Jean Ziegler, the Optimism of Willpower

    Jean Ziegler, l'optimisme de la volonté

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2016

    93 min

    • French
    • English
    • Spanish
    • German

    Documentary

    In 1964, Che asked the young Jean Ziegler to remain in Switzerland to combat the “brain of the capitalist Monster”. Subsequently, as a writer, professor, congressman and colleague of Kofi Annan, Ziegler, through his books and speeches, never ceased to denounce injustices, the power of the capitalist oligarchies and those responsible for world hunger. Now, at the age of 82, his books are sold all over the world, and he is still fighting, within the UN, to honor his promise to Che. On a trip to Cuba with his wife Erica, his revolutionary ideas are put to the test when he discovers the changes taking place on the island. In terms of the “Monster”, is Ziegler one of the victors or one of the losers?

    Awards

    • Brénaz Jury Award - FIFDH

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Camille Cottagnoud
    Editing
    Karinne Sudan
    Music
    Bill Laswell
    Sales
    AUTLOOK FILMSALES
    Production
    DREAMPIXIES
    Production
    RTS
    Production
    SRF - SCHWEIZER RADIO UND FERNSEHEN
    Production
    SRG SSR
    Production
    ARTE GEIE

    Press

    Gets under the skin of this impenetrable figure whose convictions have become his raison d’être.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Nicolas Wadimoff

    Nicolas Wadimoff

    Canada

    Born in Geneva in 1964, Nicolas Wadimoff was a rock guitarist and co-founder of the association, Etat d'Urgences, he made his first documentary in 1990 after film studies in Montréal. In 1997 he made his first fiction feature, Clandestins. His subsequent films were selected for numerous festivals. OPERATION LIBERTAD is his fifth feature.

    Selected Filmography