Twenty-somethings Nazlije, Ehsanullah and a group of other young adults meet at an adaptation course for immigrants in Switzerland. In a matter of a couple of years, they have to rebuild their lives and learn the language and the ways of the new country.

Nazlije moved to Switzerland after her mother’s death and now aspires to become a teacher. Ehsanullah is burdened by his family back in Afghanistan; they have put their hopes on him.

The youths have to struggle alone in the surrounding abundance and try to catch the post to which native Swiss people have beaten them. Far too often a strange surname is enough to put them in their place in Swiss society.

Endearing but stern teacher Christian Zingg pilots the youths to get over their disappointments. To never give up, even though everything is not possible. Nazlije, Ehsanullah and others learn to suck it up and to cling on to their dreams.

Anna Thommen’s documentary will resonate in everyone who has ever wondered what it feels like to move to a strange new country.

Text: Anna-Sofia Joro / Translations: Tapio Reinekoski

Language: German, Pashto, Dari, Albanian
Subtitles: English



  • Director: Anna Thommen
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Year: 2013
  • Length: 93 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Gabriela Betschart
  • Editing: Anna Thommen, Andreas Arnheiter
  • Audio: David Rehorek & Jürg von Allmen
  • Music: Jaro Milko & Eric Gut
  • Production: Rolf Schmid & Stefan Eichenberger / Famafilm


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