Film Screening: VOL SPÉCIAL

A heart wrenching and chilling observational doc about immigrant “illegals” held in a detention centre and subjected to prison-like conditions without any rights.

WHAT: Screening of VOL SPÉCIAL
WHEN: Monday, January 30, 7PM
WHERE: Room H-110, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West
COST: Suggested donation $2-5

Fernand Melgar / CH / 2011 / 100 min / French with English subtitles

This special screening is co-presented by No One is Illegal and Solidarity Across Borders. Robyn Maynard & Jaggi Singh will be our guest speakers.

[Message from the organizers at Cinema Politica: “Few films have affected us in the way VOL SPÉCIAL has – the images of men detained for months without rights or recourse, in that infamously “liberal” country, Switzerland, is haunting and will send chills down the spine for long after viewing. Join us Monday for this special screening, with guest speakers who will connect the film to local issues as well as ways to get involved.”]

SYNOPSIS: Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence. Simply because they stay in the country illegally, they may be deprived of liberty for up to eighteen months before being deported.

After The Fortress (awarded with the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival), which dealt with the reception conditions for asylum seekers in Switzerland, Fernand Melgar takes a look at the other end of the chain, i.e. at the situation towards the end of the migrants’ journey. The filmmaker immersed himself for 9 months in the administrative detention centre Frambois in Geneva, one of the 28 deportation centres for the paperless in Switzerland.

For more info and to watch the film’s trailer, click here: