The Black Brothers (2013)
Section: Welcome to Switzerland
Directed by: Xavier Koller
Germany, Switzerland, 2013, 98 min
Projection place: Golden Apple Cinema 3
Up until the middle of the 19th century, poverty stricken mountain farmers from the Ticino area of Switzerland frequently sold their children to Milan as chimney sweeps. That is also young Giorgio’s fate. He is forced to climb through pitch black chimneys, flinging down soot with his bare hands. But he doesn’t lose heart. Together with his fellow sweeps, he establishes the association of Black Brothers. They stick together, struggling against their penury and get involved in fights with the street gangs of Milan. The film tells of the gripping adventures of the chimney sweep boys and their spectacular escape back to their native land.