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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Passion Despair. 2011.

Passion Despair. 2011.
 Steff Gruber's documentary film portrays the Swiss photographer Daniel Leuenberger, who lives in Moldova and specialises in photographing girls aged between 9 and 14.
Daniel has caused much controversy with the photos of his models which he sells via the Internet. Daniel's critics base their argument above all on the fact that the majority of his customers are pedophiles.
Daniel Leuenberger too finds himself marginalised and pushed to the edge. In the film he talks about how he deals with his feelings, about prejudice and about his work as a photographer of girls. The film raises questions of how images are used and their effects in a world increasingly dominated by the media.
In addition to Daniel's work as a portrait photographer, the film concentrates on the daily struggle for survival of Moldovan families and life in the officially non-existent neighbouring state of Transnistria. The small state, in which half a million people live, is hermetically sealed off from the outside world. Police and secret service are omnipresent; any opposition is nipped in the bud. The film shows how the mostly fatherless families in these two countries find ways to survive.
The film premiered at the Gdansk Dokfilm Festival 2011.
Director: Steff Gruber.
Cast: Romina Juravskaia, Daniel Leuenberger, Ana Nasushnaia, Katja Neugodnikova, Larisa Sirbu, Olga Stepnova, Luba Voitetcaia, Tamara Zaitseva.
Switzerland, 2011.
Language: German.
Subtitles: English.
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