Eric Bergkraut (Switzerland)

Eric Bergkraut was born in Paris on November 28, 1957. When he was four years old, his family moved to Aarau, Switzerland. From 1977 to 1980, he studied at the Acting Academy of Zurich; then he worked as an actor in theater, TV and film in Germany, Switzerland and France. He began writing reports on topics from all over the world in 1999. Since 1992, he has made numerous documentary films. His best-known film Coca – the Dove from Chechnya, portrays the Chechen human rights activist Zeynap Gashayeva. The documentary won several awards last year.


  • Let's Be Good Just for Today/ Oggi siamo tutti un po' bene
  • A Journey into Death/ Eine Reise in den Tod
  • The Good Life Is but a Trap/ Das gute Leben ist nur eine Falle
  • Continent K./ Kontinent K.
  • 6th Grade/ Die 6. Klasse – 18 Schüler aus 13 Nationen
  • Pinkas Braun, Faces of a Gambler/ Pinkas Braun, Gesichter eines Spielers
  • Burst Your Limits/ Sprenge deine Grenzen
    53´, Switzerland, 2002
  • Der fliegende Abt - Daniel und seine 27 Brüder
    55´, Switzerland, 2003
  • Coca - The Dove of Chechnya/ Coca: Die Taube von Tschetschenien
    85´, Switzerland, 2005
  • Letter to Anna/ Ein Artikel zu viel
    83´, Switzerland, Germany, 2008
  • Zimmer 202
    85´, Switzerland, 2010

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