Fernand Melgar

Directing

2014

The Shalter

- Director

Fernand Melgar was born into a family of Spanish unionists exiled to Tangiers (Morocco). In 1963, his parents smuggled him into Switzerland when he was two years old and they were emigrating as seasonal labourers. In the early eighties, he cut short his business studies in order to found, together with several friends, the Cabaret Orwell in Lausanne, soon a mecca for French-speaking Switzerland’s underground culture; later, he created the internationally renowned rock music venue La Dolce Vita, also in Lausanne. After endowing the night spot with a programme of creative video projections, he became a self-taught, freelance film director and producer. In 1983, he began shooting various experimental films and iconoclastic reportages for television. In 1985, he joined Climage, a collective under whose auspices he has directed his documentaries, many considered as benchmarks on the topics of immigration and identity. He has also edited several of Jacqueline Veuve’s films.