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ISRAEL-PALESTINE: A SWISSMAN ON THE EYE OF THE STORM
(53 min) Israel/Palestine


SUNDAY 10/31, 3:10 PM (SESSION 23)

Directors/Producers: Xavier Nicols, Anne Widmann

Description:

Abuse of power, nepotism, management issues, and having an affair with a colleague. These are the accusations that last year forced Swiss national, Pierre Krähenbühl, to resign from his post of Commissioner General of the UNRWA, the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees. But are they truth or fabrication? What is he really guilty of? Looking at previously unseen documents, Temps Présent picks up the trail of this scandal, detecting more than a whiff of geopolitical score-settling.

Biography:

Xavier Nicols became a film enthusiast when he discovered Star Wars in 1977. He learned his trade on the job in Paris, especially at Canal+, where he contributed to Les Nuits: l’émission and to several video clips (Zazie, Bashung, George Michael). He also worked as an assistant to Krzysztof Kieślowski (Three Colours trilogy). Xavier Nicols began working for RTS in 1993, where he discovered journalism. He has been making documentaries for the programmes A bon entendeur , Scène de ménage , Mise au point, and Temps Présent ever since.

Anne-Frédérique Widmann is a Swiss investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. After being US correspondent for the Swiss press, she has been the co-producer, editor-in-chief, and anchor of the current affairs documentary program Temps Present. In 2010, she set up the investigative team of the Swiss TV and Radio Broadcasting Corp. (RTS), which she led until 2014. Widmann’s investigative documentaries, An Eye for an Eye: The Vengeance of the Gaddafi Clan directed by Marie-Laure Widmer Baggiolini and Migrants on the road to hell, directed by Xavier Nicol, were nominated for the Europa Prize. The Vengeance of the Gaddafi Clan was also a finalist of the Italia Prize. In 2010, she was awarded the Nicolas Bouvier Prize for best documentary for her work in Columbia (Swiss diplomats in the Columbian trap, directed by Widmer Baggiolini). Co-founder of the project Windows on death row with her husband the editorial cartoonist Chappatte, in 2018, Widmann has released the feature documentary Free Men about Arkansas death row inmate Kenneth Reams.

Contact Information:

w: www.rts.ch
e: Isabelle.Wehrli@rts.ch



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