Skip to main content

African Riviera - Development Which Way?

Switzerland, 1974 (MIFF 1976)

Director: Ulrich Schweizer

The film depicts three traditional ways of life in West-Africa, each intimately linked to the demands of its physical environment (desert, savannah, and rain forest). It also concerns itself with the destructive impact of contact with the west (the city). In so doing, it questions widely-held beliefs about the values of our civilisation, the quality of life as we know it, and the aims of development.

See also...

Relax Relax

A satirical view of Switzerland, tourist haven to the world. ... More »

ONCE A LIAR OR BRINGING UP VIKTOR

This film is about the education of Viktor B. Viktor was born in 1949; his father a handyman, and his mother a general worker. His first five years were spent with his grandmother in Baar. His ... More »

CHOOSE LIFE

The title comes from the Old Testament, "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live". Inspired by that text, Erwin Leiser ... More »

MAN WITHOUT MEMORY

The police pick up a seemingly neglected man who has no identification papers, who cannot speak, and who appears to ... have lost his memory. ... Examinations by doctors and the police ... both fail ... More »

I Have Rights Over My Body: . . . Sterilisation

The film deals with the difficulties encountered by responsible, mature young men and women who are not married and have no children, yet decide to get sterilized ... More »

THE SWISSMAKERS

This film may well turn out to be the sleeper of the decade. An unprepossessing story, an unfamiliar cast and crew, a gently comic tone — all these are the basic ingredients of a film that has ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director