Film screening in Bern: ‘Jiyan: la vie’ (31.03)


We would like to invite you to a very special event on 31 March, which is the result of a collaboration with Ethnokino Bern and the film ‘Jiyan: la vie’

We hope that, even if the world is upside down, you will be able to find your corners of peace.

We would like to invite you to a very special event, which is the result of a collaboration with Ethnokino Bern.

On 31 March, the film ‘Jiyan: la vie’ will be screened at Ethnokino Bern (Neubrückstrasse 8, 20h). Inspired by a true story, ‘Jiyan: la vie’ tells the story of Nerol, a 17 year old Syrian Kurd who arrived in Switzerland without his parents. He spends his winter in anguish and insomnia because of his past and the situation of his mother who stayed in the country, then in conflict.

Why is this film important to us?

The film was shot in the asylum centre in the Canton of Valais. For years, SCI has volunteers who are doing their European Voluntary Service there. All the actors are young people from the centre and the director of the film, Otis Birdy, shot the film while doing his civil service at the asylum centre. Some SCI volunteers work with these young people, they informed us about the project and here we are.

Why do we support this film?

For more than 100 years the international network of SCI promotes a culture of peace by organising international volunteering projects aimed at creating paths of social inclusion and social justice, in a constant effort to overcome cultural barriers and divisions among people and, above all, to work on the socio-political dynamics that determine them.

So we encourage everyone to join the event! See you soon!

Practical Information

  • Date: Thursday 31 March
  • Place: Ethnokino Bern (Neubrückstrasse 8, Reitschule, 3001 Bern)
  • 19.30: Doors open
  • 20.00: Film starts (in French with English subtitles)
  • 21.15: Podium Discussion (with Filmmaker, Nerol -main actor- and a social educator)

There will be a Kollekte: All donations collected during the event will benefit the film and its promotion.

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