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Film Screening: "Swiss Rebel. Annemarie Schwarzenbach 1908-1942"

by Carole Bonstein   (Switzerland / France, September 2000)
French with English subtitles   (56 min.)

Not rated.

Part of the Fall 2018 Annemarie Schwarzenbach Film Series (

This first-ever documentary about Annemarie Schwarzenbach is the portrait of a woman from one of the biggest fortunes of Zurich—a family with open inclinations towards the Nazi order. A writer, journalist, and photographer, Schwarzenbach traveled the world denouncing European fascism and the exploitation of American workers.

A complex woman, she lead an unending quest for identity, struggled with drug addiction, and lived a bohemian life in Berlin in the twenties and thirties. Filmmaker Carole Bonstein reveals the fascinating story of a lesbian political radical, a romantic deceiver, and an adverturer who rejected her prescribed role in life. A model of courage? An eternally uprooted woman? Who was Annemarie Schwarzenbach? A Swiss Rebel looks at these questions and more.

Summary quoted from Frameline.

  • Special Prize for Outstanding Historical Research, Union Swiss Bank Jury Soleur Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Best Documentary, Bologna International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Milano International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Best Documentary, Women’s Film Festival of Torino
  • Zainetto d’Oro, Women’s Film Festival of Torino
  • Best Documentary, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversities

This film screening is part of the interdisciplinary, multi-media project "Mapping 'Knoxville' Across Time, Media, and Cultures: Tracing Unexplored Connections Between the Work of Cormac McCarthy, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Buddy and the Huddle" ( Co-sponsors and supporters are listed here: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Hodges Library, Lindsey Young Auditorium (1st floor) 1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

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Exhibits & Films


Humanities & Social Sciences, Diversity & Inclusion, Teaching & Learning, Visual & Performing Arts


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students




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Stefanie Ohnesorg

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