The Documentary

Of the total population in Switzerland, some eight-hundred thousand – or about ten percent – cannot read or write properly although they attended obligatory schools. It is a staggering number. Most of them are illiterate – a fact they conceal in their everyday lives because from an early age they have been dismissed as dumb and lazy by our thoughtless society.

In Boggsing ten of them reveal their predicament, allowing us to catch a glimpse of their lives. We learn what strategies they have developed to avoid humiliation. We hear about taboo subjects and great suffering. And they tell us why they have taken the brave decision to break out of their invisible prisons.

BOGGSING – a documentary that gives the word to those who only used to get red pencil marks.


Agnes Michel library employee
Séraphin Barras driver, road worker
Tamara Wüthrich trainee activities coordinator
Markus Lüthi postman, chauffeur
Helena Amrein team leader, nutritional adviser
Urs Schmidt master stone sculptor
Barbara Jolliet housewife
André Reithebuch carpenter, Mr Switzerland 2009
Markus Schranz prison warden
Peter Gabriel graphic artist