Who Are We?

    • Edgar Hagen
    • Switzerland
    • 2019
    • 97 min
    • World Premiere
    • Luminous

    According to our concept of human rights, all humans are created equal. But what that means doesn’t go without saying, as the mother of the disabled Helena discovers. Helena is 19 years old, and although officially an adult, she’s unable to live independently. She recently moved into a special home where she receives intensive support.

    The parents of 11-year-old Jonas and his younger brother Felix have their hands full taking care of their boys, who came into the world severely disabled. Despite this, they both attend a regular elementary school, where their classmates actively involve them in school life.

    In Edgar Hagen’s deeply compassionate portrait of young people and their caregivers in Switzerland and Germany, he voices existential questions about their view of the world, and about expectations, sorrow, acceptance, and how rich a life with limitations can be. Who Are We? also shines a light on how the Western world perceives these young people and their place in society. Contemplative scenes and panoramic drone shots are occasionally intercut with intimate archive footage of Helena and her mother.

    Credits

    • 97 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: German
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Edgar Hagen
    Production
    Pascal Traechslin / Cineworx Filmproduktion GmbH
    Co-production
    RTS - Radio Television Suisse, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
    Cinematography
    Aurelio Buchwalder
    Editing
    Tania Stöcklin

    IDFA history

    2019
    World Premiere
    Luminous

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