Qui a peur de l'homme noir?
“From all available evidence no black man had ever set foot in this tiny Swiss village before I came”. In 1951 the famous Afro-American writer James Baldwin stayed for a few months in Loèche-les-Bains in the Valais; here he experienced a sort of estrangement, the sensation of being “the black”, as the curious and wary children of the village used to call him. Seventy years on, the words of James Baldwin still resound with troubling actuality.
Simon Gabioud is a journalist and director and lives in Morgex in Switzerland. Currently he works for the Geneva based news organisation “Le Temps”. In 2022 he won the Swiss Press Award for his documentary “Bois des Frères”.
Christopher Cassel is a director, screenwriter and show runner who has a Primetime Emmy Award to his name. He makes creative documentaries and tv series for the National Geographic, Discovery Channel and History Channel.