Switzerland’s Dark Past: In the Name of Order and Morality

For several decades up until the 1980s, thousands of young Swiss people were thrown into jail without trial, sent to live with foster families or forced into children’s homes, or even sterilised. Their crime? Behaviour that was judged to be threatening by a society obsessed with order and conformity. This documentary uses witness testimony, personal archives and original documentation to tell the story of the ordeal suffered by these children, and deciphers a political and social system that drove respectable citizens to exclude others for the sake of their own moral values.


  • Year: 2015
  • Duration: 65 mins
  • Production: What’s Up Films
  • Director: Bruno Joucla
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France


  • Awards GRAND PRIX DU FIGRA PLUS DE 40 MIN; PRIX AINA ROGER /ESJ LILLE; Special mention from the jury - Creative documentary FIPA; Special Award at Spotkania Zakopane Mountain Film Festival in Poland (2016) Festivals FIPA 2016 (World Premiere); FIFDH Geneva 2016 (schools screening); FIGRA (FRANCE); Spotkania Zakopane Mountain Film Festival (Poland); Escales Documentaires La Rochelle (France); Watch Docs (Poland)

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