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Special Flight

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Original title
Vol spécial
Running time
103 min.
Switzerland Switzerland
Fernand Melgar
Wandifa Njie
Denis Jutzeler
Documentary | Immigration
Synopsis / Plot
After The Fortress, which portrayed the reception conditions for asylum seekers in Switzerland, Fernand Melgar takes a look at the end of the migrants' journey. Awaiting definite deportment from the Swiss territory, men are jailed at the administrative detention centre Frambois. As their request for asylum has failed, they are ordered to leave, some of them after having spent several years in Switzerland, worked, paid taxes, started a family. Although incarceration may last up to 24 months, the deportment is announced without warning and its implementation is imminent. Behind the closed prison doors, tension builds day by day. On one side there are wardens full of humanist values, on the other there are men at the end of their journey, defeated by fear and stress. Relations of friendship and hate, respect and revolt are formed until the announcement of the deportment, which is experienced like a stab. This relationship ends mostly in distress and humiliation. Those who refuse to leave are handcuffed, tied up and forcibly put in a plane. In this extreme situation, despair has a name: special flight.
2011: Locarno Film Festival: Official Selection
2011: Gijon Film Festival: Official Selection
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