Visions du Réel
Sélection Helvétique
PHENICIEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
France
Int. Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Prague
published
Second Hand Heroes
documentary 2017
CH
59 min.

A story of defiance against today's throwaway society – and a declaration of love to second-hand shops.

"More than just resistance against throwaway society."
Swiss Radio SRF
"A silent battle of the three Don Quijotes of second hand against time and caducity."
Bund Newspaper

Complete with camera on his shoulder, Christian Knorr documents the efforts of three of the most colourful characters in Bern's second-hand scene as they strive for self-determination and entrepreneurial freedom. "Widerstand Brockenhaus" demonstrates the remarkable resilience, innovativeness and dedication of these tireless traders in a counter-world which goes far beyond the smaller scope of second-hand dealing.


Due to building renovation, Renato Rota had to give up his second-hand shop in an old pickled cabbage factory. While looking for new premises, he moves his stock into provisional storage.


For 20 years Johannes Spycher has been running his second-hand shop from an old coffee roastery. As part of his strategy for survival, this small but enterprising businessman has expanded into other fields.


In comparison, Stefan Utiger has only recently opened a second-hand shop. For him, gaining a foothold in this profession has meant risking a leap into the unknown.

Crew

director, camera
CHRISTIAN KNORR

editing
KATHARINA BHEND

sound mixing
JAKOB STOLLER

colorist
PIERRE REISCHER

production
DODO HUNZIKER
JONAS DUNKEL
URS SCHNELL

co-production
SCHWEIZER FERNSEHEN SRF
URS AUGSTBURGER

production assistant
LEA RINDLISBACHER

Cast

RENATO ROTA

STEFAN UTIGER

HANNES SPYCHER