Martin Witz

Martin Witz

Writer, Director


Martin Witz is a Swiss film director, writer, and producer. His films have won numerous awards, including the prestigious German Film Prize in 2006 for his feature-length documentary, My Father’s Country.

Witz was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1958. He studied history and philosophy at the University of Zurich. After studying, he worked as an editor for Swiss television for a few years before turning to filmmaking.

He began his career in the film industry in the early 1980s with documentaries. His first full-length documentary, Revolution at the End of the Line, was released in 1984. It explored the political and social implications of the closure of a railway line in Switzerland.

Since then, Witz has made a variety of films that have been both popular and critically acclaimed. In 1993, he directed the feature-length documentary, Rediscovering Africa, which focused on a group of Swiss youths who traveled to Africa to discover their roots.

In the 2000s, Witz began to explore a wider variety of themes. In 2005, he released the feature-length documentary, My Father’s Country, which focused on the lives of Swiss immigrants in New York City. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning the German Film Prize in 2006.

Witz has continued to make both documentaries and dramas. His most recent feature-length film, The Invisible Mountain, was released in 2009. It told the story of a young girl who lives in a remote mountain village in the Swiss Alps.

In addition to his film work, Witz has also worked as a lecturer at the University of Zurich. He has taught classes on film theory, history, and production.

Throughout his career, Martin Witz has consistently demonstrated his commitment to exploring the world in a thoughtful and creative way. His films are a testament to his skill as a filmmaker and storyteller.

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