Karl Saurer

AHIMSA – DIE STÄRKE VON GEWALTFREIHEIT

The organisation Ekta Parishad supports the poor Indian population of the Adivasi in their struggle for land and water. Tightening the villages’ communities ist the first step towards reaching their goals through non-violent resistance. The organisation’s charismatic founder P.V. Rajagopal and his coworkers hold a seminary for young villagers to help them build solidarity within their communities.

 

Switzerland/India 2012
Regie: Karl Saurer
65 min, DCP, OmU

DER HUNGER, DER KOCH UND DAS PARADIES

Ein Film in 13 Gängen. Menü: 1. Hors-d’oeuvre froid, 2. Potage, 3. Hors-d’oeuvre chaud, 4. Poisson, 5. Grosse pièce, 6. Entrée chaude, 7. Entrée froide, 8. Sorbet, 9. Rôti, salade, 10. Légumes, 11. Entremets, 12. Savoury, 13. Dessert. „Jedenfalls stimmen wir ein darüber, dass Genusssucht eine der größten Tugenden ist. Wo sie es schwer hat oder gar verlästert wird, ist etwas faul.“ (B. Brecht, Flüchtlingsgespräche)

Schweiz 1981
Regie: Karl Saurer, Erwin Keusch
88 min, 16 mm, Farbe, schweizerdt.-dt. OF
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KEBAB & ROSOLI – EIN FILM MIT HEIMISCHEN UND GEFLÜCHTETEN

The film documents how immigrants from Sri Lanka und Turkish Kurds adjust to a new and difficult life in Central Europe and how the local inhabitants ‘host’ them. Faced with an increasingly pressured sociopolitical atmosphere in the nineties, with growing racist tendencies, it was our aim to provide a view into the experiences, emotions, fears and hopes of the refugees along with some encounters with the native population. Exchange is not only the theme of the film, but is also expressed in close, intimate and trustful collaboration with a collection of documentary miniatures. (Karl Saurer)
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RAJAS REISE

The film recounts the mysterious story of the Indian elephant Raja that journeyed through the forests of Kerala via Lisbon to Vienna in the year 1550. The reconnaissance trip made by Gandhi-activist P.V. Rajagopal on Raja’s route provokes surprising associations. The film reenacts the little elephant’s imprisonment, training and appearances at temple ceremonies – until he was ambushed as a status symbol by European rulers. It is a story of misappropriation that continues today.

Switzerland 2007
Regie: Karl Saurer
78 min, Beta SP, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Bozner Filmtage 07; In Anwesenheit von Karl Saurer; In Kooperation mit Reck Filmproduktion Zürich und Cine Tirol
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