Jacqueline Veuve

Cinéaste et ethnologue (1930-2013)

La traversée (Jacqueline Veuve)

The Crossing

La traversée

Switzerland 1986. 16mm, colour, 34 min.

Image: La traversée Image: La traversée 

War, for many, may also be the complete disruption of all one had taken for granted (family, social, or professional situation ; even one’s nationality..) “After” will never be the same as “before”. This is what happened to the four women who tell their stories here. Four different destinies. That of the Polish aristocrat who now works as a night nurse in Swiss clinics. That of the young Jewess, training in commercial studies in Lyon, France who found it so hard to reach Geneva. Or again that of the daughter of Swiss café owners in Dijon, France. Or of the German factory worker who lived by the Lake of Constance. Four destinies that converged from separate directions towards Switzerland, a longed-for refuge, a land of welcome but also, at times, of rejection, a haven that might be either generous or mean.

DirectorJacqueline Veuve
PhotographyOliver Frei
SoundClaude Noir
EditingMireille Mauberna
CollaboratorsConseiller pédagogique: Gérard Henriod
Duration34 min.
Format16mm, colour
ProductionCPAV (TVCO, Télévision du cycle d'orientation)
Cycle d'orientation, 15a av.Joli-Mont, CH-1211 Genève
World RightsTVCO
Distribution SwitzerlandCPAV
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