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A SWISS REBEL
(trailer of documentary on Annemarie Schwarzenbach by Carole Bonstein, 6 min)


THE JOURNEY TO KAFIRISTAN
{DIE REISE NACH KAFIRISTAN}
(Germany-Switzerland-Netherlands/ 2001/ 100 min)
Fosco Dubini and Donatello Dubini

In 1939 the author Annemarie Schwarzenbach and ethnologist Ella Maillart travelled together by car from Europe to Kabul. Their goal: the mysterious Kafiristan Valley. The troubled Annemarie is searching for her own self, and perhaps for personal healing. Ella has a scientific pretext: to study the archaic life of the nomads living there. Both are escaping a Europe on the brink of Hitler’s war. Their travel from Geneva via the Balkans and Turkey to Persia is compounded by a tender love story. As the women arrive in Kabul, the Second World War breaks out. This stylized retelling of a real life journey results in a film in which the intensely personal moments are inseparable from the unforgettable landscapes.

Screenplay - Fosco & Donatello Dubini, Barbara Marx; Cinematography - Matthias Kälin; Editing - Christel Maye; Musik Wolfgang Hamm; Main Cast – Jeanette Hain, Nina Petri

  • Official Selection, ‘Piazza Grande’, Locarno IFF
  • Best Film Award, International Independent Film Critics’ Jury, Locarno IFF
  • UBS Camera Prize for Matthias Kälin, Solothurn FF


Fosco Dubini, born in Zurich, studied drama, film and television at the University of Cologne. He is lecturer at the art college ESAV/ESBA in Geneva.

Donatello Dubini, born in Zurich, studied at the film academy in Vienna, and drama, film and television at the University of Cologne.

The Dubini brothers' films include feature documentaries on actresses Hedy Lamarr and Jean Seberg, and writer Thomas Pynchon.