In 2005, Switzerland adopted its Federal Law on Foreigners, a strict legislation targeting illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.
The law condoned up to two years imprisonment for people in detention centres awaiting exile - without legal representation. Those who refused to leave were faced with controversial coercive expulsions, also known as the 'special flight'.
With unprecedented access to the Swiss Frambois detention centre, Director Fernand Melgar presents an empathetic portrait of both the guards and detainees. Following their tense day-to-day life with humanity and disarming humour, Special Flight is compelling cinema.
Features a discussion panel including Julian Burnside QC and Alex Pagliaro of Amnesty International.