5 SDC Beneficiaries 10 Years Later
When the Swiss Foreign Department asked me to realize a series of five shorts about their former development projects, it became clear to me that it was time for a new approach: Removing the neutral coverage, patronising expert interviews and overload of facts and figures which usually dominate such documentaries. While these elements have a place, they are so far removed from the daily lives of the people on the ground.
I wanted to show another narrative perspective. A direct and immediate view, where humans are the centerpiece of the work. A more honest way of filmmaking, in which the filmmaker and his experiences are part of the story.
So I set off on a journey, to meet people I never knew existed and whose lives and customs were completely foreign to me. Wearing on my head a small camera to record my encounters from a spontaneous and genuine first person perspective.
The resulting five shorts do not claim to be unbiased. They could never be. They are my view and my voice. But precisely therein lies their value. By claiming no single objective truth or reality, space for authenticity and intimate encounters is created.
6 WEEKS OF FILMING
4 TERABYTE RAW DATA
7 MONTH POSTPRODUCTION
5 HOURS FILM IN
THE POV EXPERIENCE
Close, intimate and highly authentic. The first person view lets the audience step into the story and experience the life of the people.