Scene from the film Ghetto
Scene from the film Ghetto
Scene from the film Ghetto
Scene from the film Ghetto
Scene from the film Ghetto
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“The biggest damned ghetto”, is the way the school caretaker describes the classroom in which Xhumi and Müke are to spent their last few month at school. Ana's hands become moist with sweat when she is asked about the job she hopes to find at some future date. Olli is already on the outside, i.e. on the street. “You don't look so good these days”, says Ati, the roast chestnut vendor, himself not yet 20. We find ourselves on the sunny side of Zurich's Gold Coast with a bunch of kids who are trying to break into the world of work, into the consumer society around them. It's six degrees below, says Oli to his friend Ati, as Dani lets himself slide heavily from the bed to the floor.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Thomas Imbach
  • DOP
    Jürg Hassler, Thomas Imbach
  • Editing
    Thomas Imbach, Jürg Hassler
  • Music
    Peter Bräker
  • Duration
    116 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Cape Town, Encounters: South African International Documentary Festival 1999
    • Leipzig, 40. Internationales Leipziger Festival 1997
    • Kiev, 27th Kiev Int. Film Festival "Molodist" 1997
    • Mannheim-Heidelberg, 46. Int. Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelb. 1997
    • Locarno, 50. Festival internazionale del film 1997
    • Nyon, 28e Festival Int. du Cinéma Documentaire 1997
    • Firenze, Festival dei Popoli 1997
    • Duisburg, Duisburger Filmwoche 1997
    • Vienna, Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival 1997
    • Solothurn, Solothurner Filmtage 1997
  • Awards
    • Best Documentary, International Film Festival Mannheim
    • Premio Giampaolo Paoli, International Film Festival Florence
    • Quality Award (Swiss Ministry of Culture)
    • Zurich Film Prize is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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