Cheesemaker # 118

Cheesemaker (Die Kasemacher)

11:15, Friday 14th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Sarah Fasolin
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 92 mins
  • Country of Production: Switzerland
  • Location: Swiss Alps
  • Ethnic Group: Foreign dairymen and Swiss farmers
  • Language: Swiss German, German, Italian (English)

30-50% of the workers in the Swiss alpine agriculture come from foreign countries. They are employed for three months during summertime to milk the farmer’s cows and to make the typical Swiss Alpine Cheese. The film shows how farmers and foreign workers get along with each other during the short, but intensive time of cooperation. It gives answers to questions like how they get over language barriers, how they deal with conflicts and how they manage to balance two different requirements; the farmer who is used to work from dawn to dusk and the foreign worker who would also like to enjoy the countryside.

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