The Foster Boy (Der Verdingbub)

Sunday, February 24
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1hr 47mins // directed by:Markus Imboden

Between 1800 and the 1950s, Swiss authorities forcefully placed hundred thousands of orphans, illegitimate children and kids from broken homes as laborers on farms.

Officially coined as a measure to battle child poverty, this practice eventually instituted a modern form of slavery. Protagonist of the (fictional) story of "Der Verdingbub" is 12-year-old orphan Max, who is sold by the local minister for a basket of food to the Bösiger family, who own a mountain farm. Max' initial hope of finally finding a loving home is brutally shattered: The farmer and his wife treat Max like livestock, and t