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The Swiss are cold. No one greets you back.

The people here are cold, finds Simplice Ganou. The film maker from Burkina Faso goes through the streets of Winterthur's old town, about 5000 kilometers away from his home away. "If I talk to someone or when you over the best, go no one greets you." He was supposed to find here, protagonists for his latest Film .

Simplice Ganou is in the Switzerland as a participant in the project, 5x5x5 in the context of the Winterthur short film festival. 5 short films, 5 international Directors, produced in 5 weeks. As one of the five African filmmakers, he travelled to Winterthur and realized a short documentary on the subject of "To come, to stay, to leave" (stay, go). Five personal, idiosyncratic, and surprising views of Winterthur and Switzerland are to be created.

"Here, I would not want to stay. I'm like in Burkina Faso. There, where the sun shines."Simplice Ganou,

It is the last day of shooting, the conditions are excellent: the project Ganou be provided a Crew consisting of students of the Bachelor's course Video from the University of Lucerne, and professional cameras. "Here you have all the cameras, it needs. This is my dream!", raves Ganou.


missing The Crew – a cameraman, a sound engineer and a film editor meets in a community room in the old town and prepares the Equipment. Ganou is philosophical. The 45-Year-old is not a nervous type, has a Sunny disposition, smiles and greets. The thin Rasta curls barely reach to the end. ""Hey Rasta, how are you?", call to me the children in my village in Burkina Faso, as soon as I go out of the house," says Ganou. But here in Winterthur, hardly anyone speaks with him. "This is the biggest difference, the biggest difficulty for me," he says.

In his country, he knows the habits of the people, has cultural reference points, as it comes in contact with them. "When I go out, I'm coming with a minimum of 50 people into the conversation." It is said of the work, of movies, of the family. In Switzerland, the missing him. "People look at me and think I'm an Immigrant, that I would like to money or problems I have."

But has Simplice Ganou only a Problem: to Him, the warmth of the people is missing. His eyes are reddened. "I didn't know what my movie should be, who should be involved. For three nights I couldn't sleep because of it." So he took his Problem to the core theme of his film and as a protagonist.

Lonely among many

"I filmed it, I can't sleep, like me, people ignore me All the crazy power," says Simplice Ganou. The Film shows his loneliness, the cold of the Winterthur. But Ganou wants to trigger reactions and attacks to more visible products: In a variety of disguises, he walks decided to Winterthur, to respond to him. His Crew, the scenes holds.

Screenshot from the movie "To come, to stay, to leave -"

The human contact was Simplice Ganou has always been very important. He worked as an educator with street children, and studied sociology and art. In 2009, he made his Master as a documentary filmmaker in Senegal. The film is chaotic to do in Africa than in Switzerland.

At a jewellery shop Ganou remains the same. "Here, you have to the movies!", he conducted his camera man, and extends immediately to the tripod and the start button of the camera is suppressed. Sound engineer and film editor in the Position, so they are not visible in the Reflection of a store shop window.

French and English

The language seems to be no Problem. Simplice Ganou speaks French. "You're my ears," he says to the sound engineer who understands French. "And you are my eyes", is Ganou at the camera man. With him, he speaks English. There are also moments of uncertainty, questioning glances among the Crew. But in the end, everyone seems to somehow know what to do.

"We need to find a fountain," says Simplice Ganou, and is progressing well. The Justitia fountain in the Marktgasse, he remains standing. "This is the image I need, and exactly from here to here." He takes it carefully.

Screenshot from the movie "To come, to stay, to leave -"

On the question of whether he had finally found the protagonists for his Film, says Ganou: "Yes. But, no Swiss." His Thesis, he seems to have this confirmed. Participated at the end of the people who are not from here. "Here, I would not want to stay. I'm like in Burkina Faso. There, where the sun shines," says Simplice Ganou.

The Premiere will take place on Saturday, 9. November at 17:00 in the framework of the Winterthur short film festival at the Theater Winterthur instead. Additional Performances: Sunday, 10. November, 11:30 A.m., The RiffRaff Cinema In Zurich, Tuesday, 12. November, 20 Uhr, New Cinema, Free-Stone, Wednesday, 13. November, at 20:20, cinema Bourbaki Lucerne

Created: 04.11.2019, 23:18 PM

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