Volunteer

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    Volunteer

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2019

    94 min

    • French
    • English
    • German
    • Arabic
    • Italian
    • Swiss German

    Documentary

    A film about the unprecedented Swiss grassroots movement of regular citizens who rise to aid thousands of refugees stranded at the European borders. In rich and safe Switzerland people from all backgrounds leave their regular life behind to support people in need. There is a Swiss farmer and his wife who keep cows in the Swiss Alps, a former commander of the Swiss Army, an elder rich lady residing at the lakeside, and a successful comedian and entertainer. These unexperienced volunteers take on an adventure that will change their lives forever.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Michael Grossenbacher
    Michael Räber
    Ileana Heer Castelletti
    Thomas Hirschi
    Sarah Hirschi-Gerber
    Taha Alahmad
    Lisa Bosia
    Cinematography
    Severin Kuhn
    Editing
    Simon Gutknecht
    Claudio Cea
    Anna Thommen
    Music
    Fabian Gisler
    Victor Moser
    Production
    SULACO FILM

    Press

    Anna Thommen

    Anna Thommen

    Switzerland

    Born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1980, she was a primary school teacher between 2002 and 2004. She then studied film at the Lucerne School of Art and Design, graduating in 2008 with the film SECOND ME which won numerous prizes at international festivals. In 2013 she took a masters in film directing at Zurich University of the Arts. NEULAND (2013) was her graduation film. Her latest documentary film VOLUNTEER (2019) had its world premiere at the Zurich FF.

    Selected Filmography

    Lorenz Nufer

    Lorenz Nufer

    Switzerland

    Born and raised in Zurich, Lorenz Nufer studied at the renowned college of acting "Ernst Busch" and trained to become an actor. He was a member of the ensemble in the Kammerspielen Munich and in the Theater Basel. In addition to his acting profession, Lorenz Nufer started directing and established a free theater group. Nufer's latest documentary film VOLUNTEER (2019) had its world premiere at the Zurich FF.