La forteresse

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The fortress - La fortezza
Directed by Fernand MelgarItalian title: The fortress - La fortezza
Switzerland / 2008 / 104'

Uomini, donne, bambini dalla Romania, dal Togo, dalla Georgia, dal Kosovo, dalla Colombia arrivano ogni settimana alle porte della Svizzera. Fuggono da guerre, dittature, persecuzioni e problemi economici. Dopo avere rischiato la vita per raggiungere la Svizzera, sono guidati a uno dei cinque centri d’accoglienza. Tra questi c’è Vallorbe, un edificio austero dove i rifugiati vivono quasi reclusi, nell’attesa che le autorità svizzere decidano cosa fare di loro. È la Fortezza, un tempo albergo di lusso, ora circondato da filo spinato. Men, women and children from Romania, Togo, Georgia, Kosovo and Colombia arrive each week at Switzerland’s doorstep. They are running from war, dictatorship, persecution and economic crisis. After life-threatening struggles to reach Switzerland they are guided to five processing centres, Vallorbe being one of them. In this austere environment they are held in conditions that closely resemble detention while they wait idly for Swiss authorities to decide what will become of them. It is The Fortress, once a luxury hotel now surrounded by barbed wire.

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