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Fernand Melgar was born into a family of Spanish unionists exiled in Tangiers, Morocco. His parents smuggled him with them when they migrated to Switzerland as seasonal laborers in 1963. In the early Eighties, he dropped his business studies in order to found, together with several friends, the Cabaret Orwell in Lausanne, which would soon become a Mecca for Switzerland’s French-speaking underground culture. Later, he created the internationally renowned rock music venue La Dolce Vita, also in Lausanne, which screened a video-art program. A self-taught, freelance film director and producer, in 1983 he began compiling various experimental films and iconoclastic interviews for television. In 1985 he joined Climage, a collective of independent and engaged filmmakers and one of Switzerland’s most prolific documentary production companies today.


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