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The Fortress

La forteresse

Directed by Fernand Melgar
Switzerland, 2008


Switzerland has just passed the most restrictive asylum law in all of Europe. This documentary film respectfully directs our attention to a reception centre for asylum-seekers. At this austere transit facility, 200 men, women and children wait after a journey.

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The Fortress Directed by Fernand Melgar

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2008 | 2 wins including: Golden Leopard (Cinema of the Present)

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

2009 | Special Mention: Human Rights Award

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

2009 | Winner: Prize of Excellence

Swiss Film Award

2009 | Nominee: Best Documentary

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