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dir. Lisa Gerig / Switzerland / 2023 / 81’ / Polish premiere

The Hearing




Kinoteka, plac Defilad 1, Warszawa, Polska

Director(s): Lisa Gerig
Writer(s): Lisa Gerig
Cinematography: Ramòn Giger
Editing: Ruth Schläpfer, Lisa Gerig
Sound: Julian Fuchs, Denis Séchaud
Music: Martina Berther
Producer(s): Maurizius Staerkle Drux, Eva Vitija
Production: Ensemble Film
World sales: Rise And Shine World Sales
Language(s): English, Dari, French, German, Tamil



What happens when your future depends on telling your own life story? Four rejected asylum seekers relive the hearing on their reasons for fleeing their homelands thus shedding light on the core of the asylum procedure. Those who succeed in recounting the personal danger in their home country “credibly and without contradiction” have a better chance of receiving asylum. Will the interviewees be able to describe their memories of traumatic experiences in such a way that they meet the official criteria this time?
A simple swapping of roles reverses the balance of power for once, with SEM interviewers answering the questions of the asylum seekers. In this way,”The Hearing” not only provides insight into the crucial yet sensitive hearing, but also questions the asylum procedure itself.



CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest



Lisa Gerig (*1990) studied film in Zurich and Geneva, majoring in editing. Her thesis film “Zaungespräche” is a radically subjective look at the situation of people held in Zurich’s deportation detention center and won several awards. 2018-2023: Diploma studies in Documentary Film Directing at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, where she won the Promotional Award for Young Students in 2019. Today she works as a freelance filmmaker in Zurich and Cologne.


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