This film is an intimate investigation into the life of seasonal workers in Switzerland in the early 1970s. Through a mix of archive images and fictional sequences, it reconstructs the life of a Piedmontese family of that period, with its dreams and disillusions. In particular, the film tells the story of a small community of Italians starting with the journey of Teresa, a young woman from Biella who decides to move to her sister, who lives with her husband in Switzerland, where they both work as seasonal workers. She brings with her Nina, her sister's daughter, who is forced to be hidden in a suitcase because, according to the rules of the time, seasonal workers were not allowed to take their children with them. Combining historical images and reconstructions, the film aims to show the intimate daily life of a complex historical period, which brings to the fore issues that are still relevant today, such as immigration and women's emancipation.

I discovered the issue of seasonal workers in Switzerland through letters between my grandparents. He, Ettore, left as a seasonal worker after the Second World War. I was struck by the living conditions he describes; they tell a lot about our present. My writing for the film is based on research and relies on documents - audiovisual, paper, photographic - historical, family, industrial, police files and oral testimonies, which will also be the subject of the film. I chose to set the story in 1971, between the referendum for a controlled number of foreign workers and that for the right to vote for women. I created a film in which archive material - images, sounds, texts - merged with a verisimilitude of storytelling, tracing the paths of the characters and telling them about their feelings...

Chiara Cremaschi
Chiara Cremaschi
Chiara Cremaschi
Director of photography
Stefania Bona
Federico Minetti
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund - sviluppo dicembre 2021
Last update: 12 January 2024