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In 1818, 2,000 Swiss people fled the misery of western Switzerland and headed to Brazil. King John VI invited them because he wanted to “whitewash” Brazil as a response to the growing population of black slaves. 200 years later, this documentary meets four families descended from those pioneers and investigates a not-so-distant past when the Swiss were economic migrants.

  • World Premiere
  • Documentary
  • Suisse, Brésil
  • 2018 | 55 min. | Colour
  • Language : Portuguese | French
  • Subtitles : Français
Cast & Crew
Jean-Jacques Fontaine
Marcelo Paternoster
Production Company
, Giros Filmes
, IDIP Films
Print Contact
IDIP Films
Léa Génique
Bebeto Abrantes
Brazil, 1952
Jean-Jacques Fontaine
Switzerland, 1947
    Bebeto Abrantes
Since 1988 Assistant, screenwriter and director
2010 As Batidas do Samba (documentary)
Jean-Jacques Fontaine
Since 1982 Journalist, TV Producer and director
Since 2007 Independent journalist in Brazil

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