MARIANNE PLETSCHER


Biography

Marianne Pletscher has studied languages in Zurich, political sciences at Harvard University in Cambridge USA and film at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

She has worked as a reporter and documentary filmmaker for Swiss television in all parts of the world for many years and has won so far 10 national and international prices. She was always very interested in intercultural collaboration and produced several films directly or indirectly with SDC (Swiss Development cooperation). She also took NADEL advanced training courses in development cooperation at the Swiss Federal Institute of technology, section social sciences in Zurich. She has also worked as a documentary teacher at Swiss television,  various film- and media-schools in Switzerland and during ten years  each year for three weeks at the International Film- and Television  school in Cuba and recently also in Nepal.

Her work includes about 50 one-hour long documentaries, many shorter ones and docu-series as director and producer. Since July 2011 she works as an independent film maker and has  planned three different projects, for all three she will start shooting this summer.


The films of Marianne Pletscher (selection)

YearTitle
2013Loving someone with dementiaHD
   [SINN UND HOFFNUNG FINDEN im Umgang mit Demenzkranken
– Ein Video mit Prof. Pauline Boss und pflegenden Angehörigen]
2013Der globale Zoo 3   
2013Sister Liliane Full of Care – A life for human dignity
   [Leiden schafft Pflege
]
2012from Afrika to Altdorf, Switzerland – (documentary, project)
   [Von Afrika nach Altdorf (Arbeitstitel)
]
2012Different Hats, same boat – Drama workhop for dementia patients and their partners
   [Behütet ins gemeinsame Boot
]
2011Your Pain Is Also My Pain – When loved ones commit suicide
   [Dein Schmerz ist auch mein Schmerz
]
2010The global zoo – Wedding agencies for wild animals
   [Der globale Zoo
]
2010Living happily with Dementia? – a film on dementia-patients and those who take care of them
   [Glück im Vergessen? + Kurzfilm Glück hat viele Gesichter
]
2009In a Foreign Land – a center for asylum seekers and the village where it stands
   [Schi Lunsch Naven
]
2009Jesus I am yours forever – My God, your God, no God (serial)
   [Jesus i ha di megagärn
]
2008Tell by Volker Hesse – a film essay
   [Volker Hesse inszeniert Tell – ein Essai
]
2007The Tschanun massacre in Zürich – Why the head of the architecture department shot four of his employees
   [Die Bluttat im Zürcher Bauamt
]
2007End of the World in the World Theatre – Einsiedeln plays the fool
   [Weltuntergang im Welttheater
]
2007The Power That Comes From Pain – Portrait for the 60th birthday of Gypsi-writer Mariella Mehr
   [Die Kraft aus Wut und Schmerz
]
2006Animals as Therapeuts – a rest home fort he elderly tries out new ways
   [Tiere als Therapeuten
]
2005Lars Müller- Portrait of the designer – serial DesignSuisse
   [Portrait Lars Müller
]
2005The Health Crisis – Does more medical care lead to more health?
   [Die Gesundheitskrise
]
2005Sri Lanka one year after the Tsunami
   [Sri Lanka ein Jahr nach dem Tsunami
]
2005Antonia – dying with dignity – the last year in the life of a corageous woman
   [Antonia lässt los
]
2004A better way of dying – what is still posible when nothing is posible anymore
   [Besser Sterben
]
2003Escape from Sri Lanka – 20 years later – Two brothers, two worlds
   [Flucht aus Sri Lanka – 20 Jahre später
]
2002A hard living – farming in the Alps and the Andes
   [Scarnuz Peruan – Das harte Brot der Berge
]
2001Children of the future – how to learn languages in Switzerland
   [Zukunftskinder
]
2001Animal Hospital (serial)
   [Tierspital (Serie)
]
2000Dragica Rajcic – Portrait of the writer
   [Dragica Rajcic
]
2000Switzerland-Kosov@ Round Trip – of soldiers, returning refugees and Swiss cows
   [Schweiz-Kosov@ retour
]
2000World Theatre – Crazy scenes in the Cloister village
   [Welttheater
]
1999Mariella Mehr, portrait of the writer
   [Mariella Mehr
– Schriftstellerinnenportrait]
1999Children's Hospital (serial,producer and co-author)
   [Kinderspital Serie ( Produzentin und Ko-Autorin)
]
1999Thomas Hürlimann – portrait of the writer(Serial LiteraTourdeSuisse)
   [Thomas Hürlimann
]
1999The Long Way to the Light - die Bräute Jesu – behind the walls of the Müstair monastery
   [Die Bräute Jesu (deutsch) / Seguir la glüm (romanisch)
]
1998Our Most Hated Citizens or Undesired and Unpolular – Kosovo-Albanians in Switzerland
   [Unerwünscht und Unbeliebt
]
1998Voices from Inside the Labyrinth – Prison encounters of another kind
   [Aus dem Innern des Labyrinths
]
1997Travelling With Fox And Cat – A Portrait of Paul Parin and Goldy Parin Matthey
   [Mit Fuchs und Katz auf Reisen
]
1997Home to a Land Divided by Itself
   [Heimkehr ins zerrissene Land
– Bosnienrückkehrer]
1997One Hears Well Only with the Heart – Portrait of Pater Silvio
   [Man hört nur mit dem Herzen gut - Tedlar cul cor
]
1996Seniors in Love
   [Lust auf Liebe im Alter
]
1996Paradise Found – the second Life of Heidi K.
   [Geteiltes Glück
]
1995three weeks in the can – Daily life in a high security prison
   [Drei Wochen im Knast
]
1995Home or Hell
   [Heimat oder Hölle
– Chronik eines Quartiers im Umbruch]
1994A Womans Place – A swiss farmer visits a Bhutan valley where women are said to have more power than men
   [Das Tal der Frauen
]
1993Cuba Quasi Libre – Swiss women between dream and trauma
   [Kuba quasi libre
]
1993Confronting Fear – A videoessay
   [Der Angst begegnen
]
1992The Crazy Telephone – loving, living and loosing on the line
   [Telefon 156
]
1991Black Dream of Paradise – Waiting for the new South Africa
   [Schwarzer Traum vom Paradies
]
1991Homeless – a „patriotic“ film for Switzerlands anniversary
   [Obdachlos
]
1990God has 25 Names – Swiss missionaries in Zimbabwe
   [Gott hat 25 Namen
]
1989Namibia – Two Women, One Land, One History
   [Namibia: zwei Frauen, ein Land, eine Geschichte
]
1988Leap Day – the terrible blood deed of Gunther Tschanun...
   [Schalttag
]
1986Beyond the Open Road – Mariella Mehr - her life, her files and a theatre play
   [Jenseits der Landstrasse
]
1984Escape from Paradise – tamils in Switzerland and in Sri Lanka
   [Flucht aus dem Paradies
]
1983Supermarket of Sex
   [Supermarkt der Sexualität
]
1982Once Raped, Twice Humiliated
   [Einmal vergewaltigt, mehrfach gedemütigt
]
1980Here I have learnt that women can be humans too – a week in the house for battered women
   [Hier habe ich gelernt, dass eine Frau auch ein Mensch sein kann
]
1979Returning Home to Southern Italy
   [Heimkehr nach Süditalien
]