The Government has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.


This utterly unbelievable and totally unauthorized account of a Guantanamo prisoner set to be extradited from the US to Switzerland is truly the kind of filmmaking that will make you stop, turn your head, and say “whoa.”

Bringing the innermost workings of international politics to center stage are two anonymous student filmmakers who follow Caroline Gautier, Chief of Staff of the Security Department in Geneva, as she prepares to welcome a soon-to-be-released detainee and offer him a brand new life.

But, wouldn’t you know it, the events surrounding this momentous occasion begin to unravel, quickly and precipitously. Political protests, strained diplomatic relations, anxious ambassadors, and international misunderstandings force Gautier—with cameras rolling—to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her career and protect the prisoner.

Slyly political, highly subversive, and wickedly funny, this cinematic experiment makes a piercing point about human rights.


  • Villefranche sur Saône, Rencontres du cinéma francophone en Beaujolais,  Jury Prize 2016
  • 12th Traverse City Film Festival, Michigan (USA), 2016
  • 14th Festival International du Film des Droits de l’Homme Paris, 2016
  • 50. Solothurner Filmtage, 2015
  • 36. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken, 2015
  • 11. Festival des deutschen Films, Ludwigshafen 2015


Caroline Gasser, Simon Romang, Yacine Nemra, Dario Galizia, Christian Waldmann, Jack Pogany, Joseph Chanet, Ruedi Imbach, Daniel Ludwig, Aude Bourrier, Thomas Mathys, Christoph Lanz


Screenplay: Laurent Nègre
Cinematography: Christian Lutz
Editing: Thomas Bachmann
Sound: Jürg Lempen
Producer: Dan Wechlser
Coproducers:  Peter Guyer & Madeleine Corbat
Production: Bord Cadre films (CH), Recycled Tv (CH)

Technical Data

Format: DCP / colour
Runtime: 71′
Released: 2015
Language: English, French, Swiss-German
Subtitles: English, French, German