Jean Ziegler, Der Optimismus des Willens

Best Documentary Film 2017 - Nominated

Jean Ziegler, The Optimism Of Willpower

by Nicolas Wadimoff

In 1964, Jean Ziegler was asked by Che Guevara to fight the “capitalist Monster”. Former collaborator of Kofi Annan, professor and writer, Ziegler’s books still act as a manifesto to left-wing intelligentsia. At the UN Human Rights Council, he fights against “vulture funds”, a new avatar of the “Monster”. He goes back to Cuba, in his opinion the mother of all anticapitalist forces. The visit becomes a dialogue between reality and symbolism, confronting his thinking with today’s Cuban destiny. What is the future of anticapitalism? Is Ziegler amongst the winners or losers against the “Monster”?

Emmanuel Gétaz, Nicolas Wadimoff

Dreampixies Vevey, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse Genève 8, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen Zürich, SRG SSR Bern 31, ARTE G.E.I.E. Strasbourg Cedex

cinematography: Camille Cottagnoud, Joseph Areddy | editing: Karine Sudan | locationsoundmix: Carlos Ibañez-Diaz | soundediting: Carlos Ibañez-Diaz | sounddesign: Denis Séchaud | rerecordingsoundmix: Denis Séchaud | music: Bill Laswell


52. Solothurner Filmtage
19e RIDM Rencontres internationales du documentaire Montréal
33. Französische Filmtage Tübingen
4th CinéDOC - Tbilisi 2016
31e Festival international du film francophone Namur
12e Festival du Film Français d'Helvétie Bienne
69° Festival del film Locarno