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Switzerland, 2017

Original music : Stephan Eicher, Reyn Ouwehand, Patrick Waser Production : Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Programmed by Benoît Hické





He plays with the image of the gypsy. He senses his Yenish roots : Stephan Eicher. The traces lead us to the Grison mountains, to former immigrant families and their legendary dance tunes. Within these Yenish families lies an unknown music tradition: it has shaped Swiss folk music, approaches the blues, shines as chanson, or rebels with punk music. However, the film also tells the story of discrimination and persecution which have silenced these musicians. It is a film about the secret of a special sound.

Tënk's opinion

The most poignant and convincing thing about this very effective film, which inches forward in small steps, is the way it evokes the little-known history of the Yenish people. In the valleys of the Grisons in eastern Switzerland, a musical tradition was established by this semi-nomadic people. Singer Stephan Eicher muses over his Yenish origins with a lot of discretion and sometimes emotion. Behind this music and its traditional songs, we discover the stories of a people described as “travellers”, welcomed then persecuted or made invisible. Until the 1970s, Yenish children were often removed from their families to escape this cumbersome – almost shameful – cultural legacy. The film gives space to the accounts of these artists from every generation, who own their history without letting go of their pain, their wrenched feeling and lack of legitimacy. This movie focuses on emancipation, believing in the power of reparation through music.

Benoît Hické
Programmer and professor

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