Echoes of Home

  • 8.3 10
  • 2007
  • 81min
Echoes of Home
  • Dutch, Russian
  • English

What does a baby's cry have in common with the echo of a mountain yodler, and what connects the head tone of a Tuvin nomad with the stage show of a vocal artist? The answer is: THE VOICE. Against a background of powerful alpine vistas and modern city landscapes, "Echoes of home" enters the wondrous sonic world of three exceptional Swiss vocal artists. Their universe of sound extends far beyond what we would describe as singing. In their engagement with local and foreign traditions, the powerful mountain landscape becomes a stage as do the landscapes and sonic backdrops of modern life.

Echoes of Home
  • Dutch, Russian
  • English
Awards
AWARDS: Audience Award - Visions du Reel Nyon 2007/ Price of the Jury - Unerhört Musikfilmfestival Hamburg 2007/ Golden Athena Best Music&Film Award - INT. Film Festival Athen 2007/ Bester Dokumentarfilm - Nominierung Europäischer Filmpreis 2007/ Best Documentary - San Luis Documentary Film Festival 2007/ Kulturperle 5 Best Swiss Films - Art_TV Award/ Bester Dokumentarfilm - Schweizer Filmpreis 2008/ Best Film - Nominierung Prix Walo 2008/ Gold Gentian - Trento Film Festival 2008/ C.I.C.A.E. Award - Berlinale 2007/ Reader`s Award - Hot Docs 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION: DocReview 2007/ DOKFEST München 2007/ Melbourne IFF 2007/ Vancouver Intl. Film Festival 2007

Echoes of home, the language of the Swiss mountains

No matter where in the world they are, the people of the alpine village of Appensell can recognize themselves through their own language: the colors of their voices. It is the "yodeling", an ancient musical tradition of the villages of the Swiss Alps, where the melodies generated by the voice conform a language of solidarity and belonging.

Director Stefan Schwietert makes another of his great documentaries about music, now investigating the origins and current expression of Yodeling in the carreer of three swiss musicians: Erika Stucky, Noldi Alder and Christian Zehnder. To do this, he moves to the Swiss mountains, interviews experts, musicians and their families to give image to the echoes of art and human communication.

Production Companies

Maximage GmbH