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200 Ratings

The Fortress

La forteresse

Directed by Fernand Melgar
Switzerland, France, 2008
  • French
  • English


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 until the government decides their fate.

Our take

Chronicling undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers who must justify their presence in affluent Switzerland, this is a stirring and compassionate documentary rendered in stunning cinematography. Winner of the Filmmakers of the Present Golden Leopard at Locarno Festival.

The Fortress Directed by Fernand Melgar

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