Kamal Musale, Wageh George, Christian Davi, Fulvio Bernasconi, Nadia Fares, Stina Werenfels & Thomas Thümena
Switzerland | 1999 | 90 min
Languages : German, Italian, French, Arabic, English
Subtitles : German, French

An episode film consisting of seven short films by seven different directors with a variety of cultural backgrounds. Told in a personal and generally amusing fashion, these creative documentaries offer the audience diverse views of Switzerland through the experience of cultural identity.

Seven directors make seven short films about the experience of cultural identity. The resulting episode film ID Swiss offers the audience a variety of views of Switzerland:

The first film, Raclette curry by Kamal Musale, fuses two cultures through a kiss.

More threatening is the possible escalation of the ‘Röstigraben’ – the cultural divide between German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland – in Thomas Thümena’s Train de fantôme.

“As long as they’ve got something to complain about, they’re happy!” says the Turkish employee of a Swiss nursing home in Home Alone? by Christian Davi.

582 days until naturalization – time enough to reflect on the abstruse rules governing everyday life in Switzerland in Was, wann, wie, wohin gehört by Wageh George.

"Take your time” says the rabbi in Making of a Jew by Stina Werenfels.

As long as the Swiss grandmother is only upset about her granddaughter's Egyptian unpunctuality… (Mixed Up by Nadia Fares).

Fulvio Bernasconi ultimately finds the answer to his question about the choice of the right national football team (Hopp Schwyz).

Werner Schweizer and Samir produced these creative and often amusing documentaries and structured the interplays which – in a gently didactic and ironic manner – lend the entire project a common style.

Jenny Billeter (Translation BMP Translations)