Olivier Zuchuat

Olivier Zuchuat is a Swiss film director. Born in 1969 in Geneva. After studying theoretical physics at EPFL and Trinity College and literature he became a teaching assistant at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He directed several theatrical productions of works by Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Müller and also worked as assistant with the German theater director Matthias Langhoff (Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers). Since 2001, he dedicates himself mainly with cinema. Since 2006, he has been teaching film studies at the Université de Paris-Est Marne la Vallée and at LA FEMIS Cinema School (Paris).


  • 2012 : Like Stone lions at the gateway into night (86 minutes, DCP)
  • 2008 : Far from the villages (75 minutes, 35mm), documentary film on a refugees camp in Chad Darfur
  • 2005 : Djourou, a rope round your neck (63 minutes), documentary film on the debt crisis in Mali
  • 2001 : Mah Damba, une griotte en exil (57 minutes), documentary film on the singer Mah Damba, co-directed with Corinne Maury


  • Best documentary “Regard sur le monde” – Festival Vues d’Afriques, Montréal 2005
  • Médiathèques Award, FIDMarseille 2008
  • Quartz 2009 - Swiss Cinema Award, Nomination for best documentary film
  • International Film Festival Innsbruck 2009 - Best Documentary
  • Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award 2009 - Nomination
  • DOK Leipzig 2013 - Oecumenical Jury Award (International Competition)
  • Festival International du Film Méditerranéen de Tétouan 2013 - Jury Award
  • Festival International du film Insulaire (Groix 2014) - Jury Award (special mention)

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