Immerso - 56 minutes
Darkness, muted sounds, a breath that goes restrained and dosed to the last: it is the world of free-divers, the one explored by the documentary "Immerso". The story of the swiss free-diver Igor Liberti.
Welcome to Losone - 65 minutes
A journey in and out of the federal center for asylum seekers San Giorgio in Losone (Switzerland), to understand how its presence is lived by both the population and the asylum seekers. Discovering the voices and thoughts that come or clash together around this structure, allows a reflection on the coexistence of different ways of perceiving the same reality.
THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY
STORIES OF CHINESE BUSINESSWOMEN - 80 + 52 minutes
They are four of the most successful businesswomen in China: Belonging to a generation who experienced the austerity of China's cultural revolution, followed by the subsequent economic boom, they have worked their way to the very top in a patriarchal society. Today, Yang Lan is the owner of one of the leading private media companies. Dong Mingzhu is a tenacious female CEO, heading up the world's largest manufacturer of air conditioning systems. Zhang Lan is a tycoon in the luxury restaurant business. Zhou Yi is a top manager working for a big american IT company. How were these careers built? What are the social and economic contexts in which they operate? And what do these women think about the political, social and cultural state of their country? The latest documentary film by Patrik Soergel takes an intense and unique look at the mentalities of female executives, and explores the huge transformation taking place in China today.
The Claim - 67 + 80 minutes
On May 23rd 2015, Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was declared Blessed by the Catholic Church, 35 years after his assassination by death squads.
A historic event for Latin America and for the whole world. Romero is a universal figure that transcends the boundaries between believers and non-believers.
Why was he murdered? Why did the canonization process take so long?
The documentary, through the testimony of his closest collaborators and his personal assistant, traces Romero’s life from his childhood to his inner evolution, until the day of his sacrifice. With the background of a tiny country which could only count on coffee, sugar cane and cotton.
Il nido - 52 minutes
Four years after the documentary "the first breath" (primi respiri), Patrik Soergel goes back to the same families to tell how their lives developped as parents and children. A few years were enough to make many changes and transformations happen. Some are expecting their second child, some have moved to a new house or found a new job, some have experienced crisis or grief.
When I'm grown up - 56 minutes
What will I do when I'm grown up? This is a question that all teenagers sooner or later arise about work and life.
And it is also the question at the center of this documentary. For an entire year Patrik Soergel has followed five Swiss teenegers: Samuel, Joel, Melanie, Giulia and Toussaint. Their stories have a common point: they all attend the same school. They approach the world of work through internships while at school they follow classes that deal mostly with identity, self-esteem and self-analysis.
Fire and Ash: the crisis of the Church - 52 minutes
What are the reasons for the crisis of religion in the major Western confessions : Catholic and Protestant ? What are the people's questions that don't find answers ? Cardinal Martini once wrote that the flame of the Gospel message today lives as a thick ash under the embers and that he felt attacked by a sense of helplessness. And so, what is that ash and how to release the flame of love, the central Christian message ? What is the religious experience , what are the paths of soul searching ? Why some people are turning to Eastern traditions ? What is today the relationship between science and spirituality ? Guido Ferrari and Patrik Soergel have asked these and other questions to several authorities in the Christian world.
The Mentalist - 52 minutes
Is it possible to read someone's mind, predict the future and move objects with the power of the mind? These are some of the extraordinary abilities that the young Swiss mentalist Federico Soldati performs. But who is the mentalist? A person with paranormal abilities? A magician with a strong sixth sense, or a scholar who applies sophisticated techniques of illusionism?