Archive of films Campaign of Their Own / A Campaign of Their Own
2017, 74 min
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Partaking of the Direct Cinema documentary style, A Campaign of Their Own tells the story of the loyal supporters of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who lost to Clinton in the Democratic primaries. Subtly engagé and skillfully incorporated into a stylistic frame, the film lifts the lid on a newly-inflamed radical skepticism towards political representation in the United States and the general frustration at the breakdown of representative democracy itself.
The election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president struck the world like a thunderbolt, especially given that for months the media had taken Hillary Clinton’s victory for granted. Partaking of the Direct Cinema documentary style, A Campaign of Their Own tells the story of the loyal supporters of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who lost to Clinton in the Democratic primaries. It shows that Sanders voters, in all their diversity, were not just representatives of the various branches of the American Left with their specific complaints, but they embodied the general frustration regardless of party preference at the breakdown of representative democracy. Subtly engagé and skillfully incorporated into a stylistic frame, the film presents a newly-inflamed radical skepticism towards political representation in the United States, which fundamentally influenced November’s election and even the tone of American society as a whole.
About the director
Lionel Rupp (b. 1983, Meyrin, Switzerland) completed three short films before graduating from the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève): Le poisson (2007), La forêt (2010), and Eskapop (2011). He co-directed his feature debut Quai Ouest (2012) with his brother Adrien. In 2015 he was one of ten directors to make Wonderland (Heimatland), a dark mosaic of allegorical stories about contemporary Switzerland that competed at the Locarno IFF. He cooperates on interdisciplinary projects with theater directors, playwrights, musicians, and a variety of artists in conjunction with the eight-member artistic collective Zooscope, founded in 2008. And Zooscope Productions backed Rupp’s documentary debut A Campaign of Their Own, produced by Michael David Mitchell, who joined the Lausanne collective four years ago.
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Lionel Rupp, Michael David Mitchell|
|Dir. of Photography:||Lionel Rupp|
|Producer:||Michael David Mitchell|
Michael David Mitchell
Film Director, Producer