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The plight of undocumented immigrants at a detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, points up contradictions between compassionate social policies and intractable immigration laws.

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Director Fernand Melgar discusses the immigration system in Switzerland, in regards to those seeking political asylum and refugee status

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Filmmaker Fernand Melgar visits Wandifa in his home country, Gambia, after his deportation from Frambois detention center by special flight.

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Filmmaker Fernand Melgar visits Geordry in his home country, Cameroon, after his deportation from Frambois detention center by special flight.

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Filmmaker Fernand Melgar visits Ragip in his home country, Kosovo, after his deportation from Frambois detention center by special flight.

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Filmmaker Fernand Melgar visits Dia in his home country, Senegal, after his deportation from Frambois detention center by special flight.

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In this clip from Special Flight, a man seeking asylum in Switzerland pleads his case to an official.

Classroom Clips

In this clip from Special Flight, Mr. Pitchou gets some good news while at the Frambois detention center in Geneva.

  • Updated on September 15, 2014

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Film Information

Special Flight (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 1, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Fernand Melgar Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2014 Emmy Nominations Press Release

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Critical Acclaim

Somber and beautifully modulated...There isn’t a slack moment... everything rings true... The director also shows dignity, not to mention courage.”

—Mike Hale,The New York Times

The fly-on-the-wall style of the film... recalls the institutional documentaries of Frederick Wiseman (and there are no finer documentaries to recall). Does it have something to say about American issues to an American audience? You bet it does.”

—Robert Lloyd,The Los Angeles Times

The docu’s subjects get under the skin, and their plight represents one of the major challenges to immigration policy not just in Switzerland, but in the First World as a whole.”

—Jay Weissberg,Variety

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