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Troubadour Films - The Big Journey

The Big Journey 2015  98’

The Big Journey

Five persons born with disabilities, each with a distinct life and from a different background, are part of joint project that shows us how human beings live in their environment in various parts of the world. Leave Switzerland on an adventure trip and live like nomads: this is what Véronique, Stephen, Isabelle, Serge and Cédric have set out to do. From Mongolia to the Arizona desert, from the land of the Fulani to the Roma people... Off the beaten track and avoiding tourist stereotypes, they roam the nomadic paths and immerse themselves in the sweet-sour daily life of so-called “primitive” people, for a human experience leading them beyond our differences.

Four journeys packed with action and unforgettable moments. Our five adventurers set out to discover the unknown. At each stage, they encounter people with a life steeped in traditions; they learn about new cultures, taste dishes they have never tasted before, hear strange-sounding languages and share music, songs and dances of another age. Over time, barriers crumble, prejudice dispels slowly and all travellers are transformed by their experience: they were perceived as persons in their own right.

This film questions the way we view differences and other human beings, providing original insights into the concept of living together.

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Original Language
English / Deutsch / Italiano
Video 16/9 Colour / HDCAM / Beta digital / DCP
Type & Running time
Feature Documentary – 98'
Year of production
Country of production

Based on an original idea by

Bas Verheij
Directed by
Liliana Dias
Written by
Liliana Dias & Bétarice Bakhti
Produced by
Nasser Bakhti
Troubadour Films – Geneva
With the support of
Service des affaires culturelles de la ville de Genève
La Fondation Cap Loisirs
La Ville de Versoix
La ville du Grand Saconnex
Production Assistant

Laure Bonvin
Production secretary
Inès Abeya

Isabelle Loth, Serge Nicole, Véronique Thorimbert, Cédric Baumgartner, Stephen Mann
Liliana Dias
Additional Camera Operator
Carole Messmer
Melina Brede Bernard Quetant
Joseph Sangaré Carole Messmer
Béatrice Bakhti
Video Animation & Titles
Julien Dumoulin – studio Troubadour Films
Sound design & Mix
Adrien Kessler
Germain Umdenstock
Colour Correction
Eung-Song Lee, Kontrastmedia
Clarissa Hull
Troubadour Films

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DVD Le grand voyage


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Subtitles: French, English, German