A 9 months immersion in the administrative detention centre of Geneva. Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence. Simply because they stay in the country illegally, they may be deprived of liberty for up to 18 months before being deported.
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Best documentary I have seen! I've always liked observational documentary better, and this is true to the form, and at the same time it's one of the most "informational" of documentaries. No film has made me cry like this film has and have such an authentic experience with the people in the film.
"We are humans. We fought to get here."
"Have a nice trip."
This documentary is almost unbelievably well edited (I thought it was dramatized for the first half) and very effectively conveys the danger of using bureaucracy as a buffer against the pain of human empathy.
A courageous movie. It´s hard to handle the dignity, respect and humanity in all the action taken by Denis, Le Chief or the rest of the staff to make the inmate feel like home for a while but assuring them also that they will go back to their country for sure - one way or the other. May be it´s a human way to treat deportees like this - and may be it´s the worst one human being can do to the other.
It's amazing the director captured all these dialogs, situations, reactions and conficts in the level of details he did, with silences and face expressions being as important as the dialogs themselves.
And there's even a soundtrack, a "real soundtrack" because is sung and heard by the characters and it echoes joyfuly and painfuly in the audience.
There's even a clear turning point, the most cruel one.
Just came back from the One World Film Festival in Prague after seeing "special flight"-an absolute must-see for European citizens who need a proper wake-up call when it comes to the growing use and acceptance of administrative detention. All respect to director Fernand Melgar.
The topic in itself is already strong and Fernand Melgar is a clever filmmaker that finds the right distance to address such a problem. There is a nice construction, a build up, which means good editing for a documentary that never plays with the usual tools (music, emotional scenes). Melgar has much respect for the people inside the center, including the social workers. A major work that could be a Wiseman film.