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For Example Suberg

2013 DOK Leipzig, International Programme Documentary Film
Switzerland | 2013 | 90 min. | Swiss German | English, German subtitles | International Premiere
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For Example Suberg | Zum Beispiel Suberg

On the one hand, history can produce great panoramas or tiny still lives, depending on your focus. On the other hand, history reaches up to the present day; timelines don’t just break off yesterday. And it goes without saying that the presence of a moment ago will be history tomorrow. In this film, Simon Baumann examines the national and regional history of a Swiss village over the past three decades, explicitly including his own biography and what it contributed – usually unnoticed by the individual – to the grand scheme of things, right up to the moment just lived through.
Suberg is a medium-sized village on the Swiss Plateau. Once a remote farming village, it now has excellent traffic connections that have turned it into an anonymous dormitory community. For 32 years, the filmmaker, who lives in Suberg, has successfully ignored the village and its inhabitants. Unlike his grandfather, who used to be central figure in the village, he knows practically nobody here. He wants to change this. But how do you integrate yourself in a village whose community has almost vanished? In his search for answers the director meets people who shaped Suberg and its development, explores their life plans and finds a last, though already endangered, oasis of community spirit in the male choir.

Ralph Eue
Original Title: Zum Beispiel Suberg
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2013
Language: Swiss German
Subtitle: English, German
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Simon Baumann
Producer: Dieter Fahrer
Cinematographer: Andreas Pfiffner
Editor: Katharina Bhend
Music: Claudio Bucher
Sound: Janosch Röthlisberger, Peter von Siebenthal
Script: Simon Baumann, Kathrin Gschwend
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