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Videos – a selection

Documentaries

André Melchior dedicates his life to photography
André Melchior dedicates his life to photography

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André Melchior, photographer – Journeys through time

Original language German. Duration 31:01 min. DVD 2018

The musician Hans Koch (left) and the visual artist Urs Aeschbach (right) and Robert Cavegn (not shown in this picture) lived as artists in residence in the studios of the Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India.
The musician Hans Koch (left) and the visual artist Urs Aeschbach (right) and Robert Cavegn (not shown in this picture) lived as artists in residence in the studios of the Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India.

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Varanasi Encounters

Original language German. Duration 10:47 min.
2008, re-edited 2019

Urvashi Butalia is a feminist publisher and author, founder and head of Zubaan Books Delhi, one of the leading publishers of women's writing in India.
Urvashi Butalia is a feminist publisher and author, founder and head of Zubaan Books Delhi, one of the leading publishers of women's writing in India.

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Video with German subtitles

Original language English. Duration 09:31 min. 2004, re-edited 2018

Avec sous-titres français

En anglais. Durée 09:52 min. 2004, réédité en 2018

In remembrance of my brother, the musician and singer Riccardo Anselmi who died in 2004, I realized a 70minutes DVD. Numerous fellow musicians and friends comment on their relationship with Riccardo. Concert excerpts of the groups Dschané, Ragazzi and Trio Grande with whom Anselmi was playing, complete the documentation.
In remembrance of my brother, the musician and singer Riccardo Anselmi who died in 2004, I realized a 70minutes DVD. Numerous fellow musicians and friends comment on their relationship with Riccardo. Concert excerpts of the groups Dschané, Ragazzi and Trio Grande with whom Anselmi was playing, complete the documentation.

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Trailer

Original language German. Duration 03:09 min.

DVD realized in 2005, duration 01:10:30

Nihat Baran ran a music store in Zurich-Wiedikon where he organized concerts and teached music on various instruments. The video also shows him during the recordings of his CD «Harabat».
Nihat Baran ran a music store in Zurich-Wiedikon where he organized concerts and teached music on various instruments. The video also shows him during the recordings of his CD «Harabat».

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Baran's song

Original language German. Duration 10:48 min.
2003 (co-author Andrea Oki)

Exhibition reviews

Trompe l'Oeil – optical illusion. An intensive study of this phenomenon led to the most fascinating exhibition in Radolfzell, Lake Constance, in 2013, with works of the artists Jan Peter Tripp, Reto Keppler und Hans Kern.
Trompe l'Oeil – optical illusion. An intensive study of this phenomenon led to the most fascinating exhibition in Radolfzell, Lake Constance, in 2013, with works of the artists Jan Peter Tripp, Reto Keppler und Hans Kern.

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Video, duration 03:43 min.

Original language German, with a polemic statement by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.

The Festival Images, the most important visual art biennale in Switzerland, proposes every two years an exclusive photography exhibition concept on façades, in parks, indoor exhibitions in unusual venues, and joint ventures with people who ensure Vevey’s status as a «city of images» all year round. The 2012 edition presented 64 exhibitions and events, all with free access.
The Festival Images, the most important visual art biennale in Switzerland, proposes every two years an exclusive photography exhibition concept on façades, in parks, indoor exhibitions in unusual venues, and joint ventures with people who ensure Vevey’s status as a «city of images» all year round. The 2012 edition presented 64 exhibitions and events, all with free access.

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Video, duration 03:57 min.

Original language German and French

Until far into the 20th century, devotional objects played an important role in the mostly catholical canton of Appenzell Inner Rhoden. These objects secured protection, salvation and blessing. Sacred objects reminded of important events in life such as baptism, wedding and death. In 2015, the Appenzell Museum showed a cross-section of its large collection.
Until far into the 20th century, devotional objects played an important role in the mostly catholical canton of Appenzell Inner Rhoden. These objects secured protection, salvation and blessing. Sacred objects reminded of important events in life such as baptism, wedding and death. In 2015, the Appenzell Museum showed a cross-section of its large collection.

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Video, duration 03:45 min.

Original language German

With a superb staging Michael Oppitz, in 2007, took leave as professor of anthropology at the Zurich University and as director of the Zurich Ethnographic Museum. In his final exhibition he showed more than 80 shaman drums from Eurasia and the Himalaya. In the late 1970s, the anthropologist, author and filmmaker travelled three times to the Magar, a mountain people in Northern Nepal, to research their form of shamanism. Accompanied by a small film team, he shooted «Shamans of the Blind Country», today a classical of visual anthropology. The film also inspired artists such as Joseph Beuys.
With a superb staging Michael Oppitz, in 2007, took leave as professor of anthropology at the Zurich University and as director of the Zurich Ethnographic Museum. In his final exhibition he showed more than 80 shaman drums from Eurasia and the Himalaya. In the late 1970s, the anthropologist, author and filmmaker travelled three times to the Magar, a mountain people in Northern Nepal, to research their form of shamanism. Accompanied by a small film team, he shooted «Shamans of the Blind Country», today a classical of visual anthropology. The film also inspired artists such as Joseph Beuys.

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Video, duration 03:47 min.

Original language German

The photographer and social photography historian Roland Gretler (1937–2018) has built up an archive that comprises thousands of pictures, documents and objects on the history of labour movement. The passionate collector could tell a story about almost every picture of his collection. Most of the photographs and illustrations in the book «Vom Wert der Arbeit. Schweizer Gewerkschaften – Geschichte und Geschichten» (Rotpunktverlag Zürich) are taken from Gretler's archive.
The photographer and social photography historian Roland Gretler (1937–2018) has built up an archive that comprises thousands of pictures, documents and objects on the history of labour movement. The passionate collector could tell a story about almost every picture of his collection. Most of the photographs and illustrations in the book «Vom Wert der Arbeit. Schweizer Gewerkschaften – Geschichte und Geschichten» (Rotpunktverlag Zürich) are taken from Gretler's archive.

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Video, duration 06:37 min.

Original language Swiss German

Encounters en route

In Ubud children can learn classical balinese dances for free. Ines Anselmi watched the dance instructors Rasmi Raka and I Nyoman Joni at work in 2008 and documented a lesson for children at the ARMA Museum in Ubud with her camera.
In Ubud children can learn classical balinese dances for free. Ines Anselmi watched the dance instructors Rasmi Raka and I Nyoman Joni at work in 2008 and documented a lesson for children at the ARMA Museum in Ubud with her camera.

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Video, duration 04:08 min.

English and Indonesian, German subtitles

Elegant couples moving on the dance floor. With a camera team from Buenos Aires, Ines Anselmi spent a few nights in tango locations of the Argentinian capital to capture the special ambiance in a video reportage.
Elegant couples moving on the dance floor. With a camera team from Buenos Aires, Ines Anselmi spent a few nights in tango locations of the Argentinian capital to capture the special ambiance in a video reportage.

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Video, duration 04:14 min.

Spanish (singing)

There are tango performances even when crossing the Río de la Plata from Buenos Aires to Colonia by a ferry boat. The video shows the star dancers Florencia Mendez and Pedro Zamin in action. A free tango lesson for the ferry passengers ensures an entertaining journey.
There are tango performances even when crossing the Río de la Plata from Buenos Aires to Colonia by a ferry boat. The video shows the star dancers Florencia Mendez and Pedro Zamin in action. A free tango lesson for the ferry passengers ensures an entertaining journey.

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Video, duration 03:00 min.

Spanish

The Compañía de Paso was one of the public favourits at the Zurich Theatre Spectacle Festival 2007. The group practices a new form of air acrobatics, it seeks momentary creation far away from circus routine. The trapeze becomes a living environment where movements are constantly being discovered. In addition, the Chilean group does social work and cultural education in villages and poor areas.
The Compañía de Paso was one of the public favourits at the Zurich Theatre Spectacle Festival 2007. The group practices a new form of air acrobatics, it seeks momentary creation far away from circus routine. The trapeze becomes a living environment where movements are constantly being discovered. In addition, the Chilean group does social work and cultural education in villages and poor areas.
Being an outstanding representative of the classical Indian Odissi dance style, Monica Singh, in the video realized in 2008 gives an insight into the over 2000 years old dance tradition. She started her dance education at the age of 6. In 1999 she turned towards the Odissi style. She performed all over India, in Bangladesh, France, Nepal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and many other countries. In Delhi she was teaching Odissi Dance at schools and in her own studio. Today the artist lives and teaches in Australia. For Monica Singh the performing art is a way to fill the human soul with divine healing power, for the benefit of practicioners and spectators.
Being an outstanding representative of the classical Indian Odissi dance style, Monica Singh, in the video realized in 2008 gives an insight into the over 2000 years old dance tradition. She started her dance education at the age of 6. In 1999 she turned towards the Odissi style. She performed all over India, in Bangladesh, France, Nepal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and many other countries. In Delhi she was teaching Odissi Dance at schools and in her own studio. Today the artist lives and teaches in Australia. For Monica Singh the performing art is a way to fill the human soul with divine healing power, for the benefit of practicioners and spectators.

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Video, duration 06:10 min.

English

I met the feminist author and publisher 2004 in New Delhi. At this occasion, Urvashi Butalia not only talked about the situation of women in India. She also gave a short overview about the myth of Ganesh, explaining why this most popular Hindu deity has the head of an elephant and the body of a human being.
I met the feminist author and publisher 2004 in New Delhi. At this occasion, Urvashi Butalia not only talked about the situation of women in India. She also gave a short overview about the myth of Ganesh, explaining why this most popular Hindu deity has the head of an elephant and the body of a human being.

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Video in English

Duration 04:41 min.

Avec sous-titres français

 

Open air concert of Silvio Mora and his band La Mezcla was recorded by Ines Anselmi in April 2002 in the streets of Santo Domingo, at a time when the artist was still very young and far from being the famous merengue singer he is nowadays. Only recently the filmed material was recovered and edited. Et voilà a video clip of the event.
Open air concert of Silvio Mora and his band La Mezcla was recorded by Ines Anselmi in April 2002 in the streets of Santo Domingo, at a time when the artist was still very young and far from being the famous merengue singer he is nowadays. Only recently the filmed material was recovered and edited. Et voilà a video clip of the event.

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Video, duration 08:28 min.

Spanish

Already during her studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Belkis Ayón started with serious and respectful dedication to explore the most secret of the Afrocuban religions, the mythology of the Abakuá. While other artists dealt with Yoruba and Congo traditions easier to understand, she was the only one who turned towards the mysterious spiritual practices of this fraternity. As a woman being excluded from their ceremonies, she gained knowledge of the Abakuá particularly by studying books. Later on, when the artist was already renowned far beyond Cuba, she won the confidence of practising Abakuá who became her masters. Belkis Ayón has developed a special printing technique, the colography, with black and grey shades giving a relief-like texture and uncanny appearance to her pictures. The outstanding artist left on a journey without return in 1999, at the age of 32. Her fantastic artwork, her pictures of enigmatic beauty continue to live in exhibitions and collections all over the globe.
Already during her studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Belkis Ayón started with serious and respectful dedication to explore the most secret of the Afrocuban religions, the mythology of the Abakuá. While other artists dealt with Yoruba and Congo traditions easier to understand, she was the only one who turned towards the mysterious spiritual practices of this fraternity. As a woman being excluded from their ceremonies, she gained knowledge of the Abakuá particularly by studying books. Later on, when the artist was already renowned far beyond Cuba, she won the confidence of practising Abakuá who became her masters. Belkis Ayón has developed a special printing technique, the colography, with black and grey shades giving a relief-like texture and uncanny appearance to her pictures. The outstanding artist left on a journey without return in 1999, at the age of 32. Her fantastic artwork, her pictures of enigmatic beauty continue to live in exhibitions and collections all over the globe.
This video is based on an interview with the artist Carlos Garaicoa (*1967) led by Ines Anselmi in Havana in December 1993. He explains the concept of his work and his role as a sort of urban archaeologist, using the city of Havana with its many buildings falling apart as experimental ground. The audio recording is illustrated by drafts and project outlines of the artist, photographs taken at the time of buildings and objects as well as of the artist and his colleagues.
This video is based on an interview with the artist Carlos Garaicoa (*1967) led by Ines Anselmi in Havana in December 1993. He explains the concept of his work and his role as a sort of urban archaeologist, using the city of Havana with its many buildings falling apart as experimental ground. The audio recording is illustrated by drafts and project outlines of the artist, photographs taken at the time of buildings and objects as well as of the artist and his colleagues.

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Video, duration 13:04 min

Spanisch

English subtitles

Interviews with authors

The author Jürg Beeler, born 1957 in Zurich, studied German philology, literary criticism and comparative literature in Geneva, Tübingen and Zurich. In addition to his activitiy as writer he worked as German and foreign language teacher, reviewer, travel and cultural journalist. He received multiple awards for his literary creation. A selection of his publications: Die Liebe, sagte Stradivari (2002), Das Gewicht einer Nacht (2004), Solo für eine Kellnerin (2008), Der Mann, der Balzacs Romane schrieb (2014), In fremden Zimmern (2017), Die Vögel kehren zurück (2019). After long stays in Spain and Italy, Beeler lived in Bremen, Germany, from 2004 to 2017. Since early 2018 he lives and works in Narbonne, France.
The author Jürg Beeler, born 1957 in Zurich, studied German philology, literary criticism and comparative literature in Geneva, Tübingen and Zurich. In addition to his activitiy as writer he worked as German and foreign language teacher, reviewer, travel and cultural journalist. He received multiple awards for his literary creation. A selection of his publications: Die Liebe, sagte Stradivari (2002), Das Gewicht einer Nacht (2004), Solo für eine Kellnerin (2008), Der Mann, der Balzacs Romane schrieb (2014), In fremden Zimmern (2017), Die Vögel kehren zurück (2019). After long stays in Spain and Italy, Beeler lived in Bremen, Germany, from 2004 to 2017. Since early 2018 he lives and works in Narbonne, France.

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Video, duration 06:26 min.
German

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Video, duration 06:26 min.
German

Guest of Honour 2010 of Frankfurter Buchmesse was Argentina. On this occasion, on a trip to Buenos Aires, Ines Anselmi realized several video portraits of Argentinian authors, among them Leopoldo Brizuela.
Guest of Honour 2010 of Frankfurter Buchmesse was Argentina. On this occasion, on a trip to Buenos Aires, Ines Anselmi realized several video portraits of Argentinian authors, among them Leopoldo Brizuela.

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Video, duration 04:44 min.

Spanish, German subtitles

In this interview, Dal Masetto, writer of Italian origin describes how his family emigrated and, once in Argentina, how he did everything he could to become a true Argentinian as quickly as possible.
In this interview, Dal Masetto, writer of Italian origin describes how his family emigrated and, once in Argentina, how he did everything he could to become a true Argentinian as quickly as possible.

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Video, duration 05:59 min.

Spanish, German subtitles

The novelist rose to international fame with «La traducción» and «Filosofía y letras», nominated for the Premio Planeta Argentina. In 2007, he was awarded the Literary Award Iberoamericano Planeta – Casa de América de Narrativa, for his novel «Enigma en Paris».
The novelist rose to international fame with «La traducción» and «Filosofía y letras», nominated for the Premio Planeta Argentina. In 2007, he was awarded the Literary Award Iberoamericano Planeta – Casa de América de Narrativa, for his novel «Enigma en Paris».

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Video, duration 05:17 min.

Spanish, German subtitles

 

Daniel Link is writer, essayist, blogger, culture journalist and Professor of 20th century literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In this interview he speaks about the Argentinian book market, its opportunities and risks.
Daniel Link is writer, essayist, blogger, culture journalist and Professor of 20th century literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In this interview he speaks about the Argentinian book market, its opportunities and risks.

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Video, duration 03:42 min.

Spanish, German subtitles

The daughter of the well-known Argentinian filmmaker Luis Puenzo reveals how she is able to balance filmmaking and writing. Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, the author writes novels and scripts. In 2007, she made her noteworthy film debut with «XXY». In 2009 she filmed her novel «El niño pez» (The Fish Child), followed by «Wakolda» in 2013.
The daughter of the well-known Argentinian filmmaker Luis Puenzo reveals how she is able to balance filmmaking and writing. Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, the author writes novels and scripts. In 2007, she made her noteworthy film debut with «XXY». In 2009 she filmed her novel «El niño pez» (The Fish Child), followed by «Wakolda» in 2013.

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Video, duration 05:39 min.

Spanish, German subtitles

Bora Cosic, born in 1932, joined forces with other avant-garde Serbian writers and artists in the mid-1950s. Today, he is widely considered one of the most important authors in the former Yugoslavia. In 2002, he was awarded the Prize for European Entente at the Leipzig Book Fair. In 2009 he lived as guest-writer at the Atelier Müllerhaus (today Aargauer Literaturhaus) in Lenzburg Switzerland where this interview was made.
Bora Cosic, born in 1932, joined forces with other avant-garde Serbian writers and artists in the mid-1950s. Today, he is widely considered one of the most important authors in the former Yugoslavia. In 2002, he was awarded the Prize for European Entente at the Leipzig Book Fair. In 2009 he lived as guest-writer at the Atelier Müllerhaus (today Aargauer Literaturhaus) in Lenzburg Switzerland where this interview was made.

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Video, duration 04:11 min.

German, partly Serbian with German subtitles

Nora Iuga, born in 1931 in Bucharest, made her editorial debut in 1968 with the collection of poems «It Isn’t My Fault». Her career as lyricist and more recently as novelist by now has spanned  five decades. The Grande Dame of Romanian poetry is also an outstanding translator and mediator of German language literature. Writings of Herta Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Günter Grass, Aglaja Veteranyi, Oskar Pastior and many others were translated by Nora Iuga into Romanian.
Nora Iuga, born in 1931 in Bucharest, made her editorial debut in 1968 with the collection of poems «It Isn’t My Fault». Her career as lyricist and more recently as novelist by now has spanned five decades. The Grande Dame of Romanian poetry is also an outstanding translator and mediator of German language literature. Writings of Herta Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Günter Grass, Aglaja Veteranyi, Oskar Pastior and many others were translated by Nora Iuga into Romanian.

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Video, duration 05:21 min.

German

Dževad Karahasan, born in 1953, is a Bosnian writer and philosopher. In 1993 Karahasan fled the war in Sarajevo, a city that plays a central role in his work. In 2007 he was the first author to be invited as writer-in-residence at the newly opened atelier house in Lenzburg Switzerland. The writer, essayist and dramatist is regarded one of the most important contemporary authors of Bosnia. Karahasan has been awarded many prizes, including Herder Prize, Leipzig Book Prize for European Relations, Goethe Medal. Today he lives in Graz and Sarajevo.
Dževad Karahasan, born in 1953, is a Bosnian writer and philosopher. In 1993 Karahasan fled the war in Sarajevo, a city that plays a central role in his work. In 2007 he was the first author to be invited as writer-in-residence at the newly opened atelier house in Lenzburg Switzerland. The writer, essayist and dramatist is regarded one of the most important contemporary authors of Bosnia. Karahasan has been awarded many prizes, including Herder Prize, Leipzig Book Prize for European Relations, Goethe Medal. Today he lives in Graz and Sarajevo.

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Video, duration 04:29 min.

German

Lewitscharoff was born and grew up in Stuttgart with a father who was a doctor of Bulgarian origin and a German mother. Her father committed suicide when she was nine years old. After obtaining a degree in religious studies at the Free University of Berlin she lived in Buenos Aires and Paris before returning to Berlin. In 1998, she published her first novel «Pong». The book was praised for its playful language and earned Lewitscharoff the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt, Austria. Her 2009 novel «Apostoloff» has a partly self-biographical theme and features two sisters who go to Bulgaria to bury their Bulgarian immigrant father who has committed suicide through hanging himself. The book was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and the Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize. In the same year, the author was writer-in-residence at the Aargauer Literaturhaus in Lenzburg Switzerland.
Lewitscharoff was born and grew up in Stuttgart with a father who was a doctor of Bulgarian origin and a German mother. Her father committed suicide when she was nine years old. After obtaining a degree in religious studies at the Free University of Berlin she lived in Buenos Aires and Paris before returning to Berlin. In 1998, she published her first novel «Pong». The book was praised for its playful language and earned Lewitscharoff the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt, Austria. Her 2009 novel «Apostoloff» has a partly self-biographical theme and features two sisters who go to Bulgaria to bury their Bulgarian immigrant father who has committed suicide through hanging himself. The book was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and the Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize. In the same year, the author was writer-in-residence at the Aargauer Literaturhaus in Lenzburg Switzerland.

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Video, duration 04:44 min.

German

The author, born in 1959 in Buenos Aires, is also a journalist and lecturer. Apart from novels she writes poems and articles for newspapers like Clarín and Página12. In 2010 she was invited to Switzerland by the Zofingen Literary Days, in the same year she was selected by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia to be writer-in-residence in Geneva.
The author, born in 1959 in Buenos Aires, is also a journalist and lecturer. Apart from novels she writes poems and articles for newspapers like Clarín and Página12. In 2010 she was invited to Switzerland by the Zofingen Literary Days, in the same year she was selected by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia to be writer-in-residence in Geneva.

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Video, duration 03:18 min.

German, partly Spanish with German subtitles

Her exceptional narrative work has become a part of modern world literature. The Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk came to Switzerland in 2011 for a writer-in-residency stay at the Maria Opferung convent in Zug.
Her exceptional narrative work has become a part of modern world literature. The Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk came to Switzerland in 2011 for a writer-in-residency stay at the Maria Opferung convent in Zug.

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Video, duration 03:55 min.

English, German, partly Polish with German subtitles