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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



Breathing Underwater - The Second Life of Dr. Nils Jent

Stefan MUGGLI, Andri HINNEN

  • Switzerland
  • 2011
  • 90min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

Shots of a vigorous, radiant young man who thrived on movement are plentiful in the super-8 archive of the Jent family. As a high diver in his adolescence, Nils plunges intrepidly into the water. Then one day he almost loses his life in a motorcycle accident. The film tells the inspiring story of Dr. Nils Jent. At the age of eighteen, he had a devastating motorcycle accident. No heartbeat for eight minutes and two months in a coma left him blind and with heavy disabilities. The film is a powerful document of how satisfaction, happiness and even professional success can find a place in such a life. Step by step, and with boundless willpower and patience, Nils fights his way back into everyday life. He explores the frontiers of his handicapped body, and draws on the one thing that remains completely unscathed: his intelligence. Thanks to the unconditional support of his parents, he has slowly recovered his independency. After years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, he managed not only to graduate from high school but also to gain a PhD in business administration. Today, he lives in St. Gallen where he teaches and explores how people with disabilities can be integrated in organizations in an economically beneficial way. Twenty years after his accident, Nils has lost none of his sparkle – in fact, he now shines brighter than ever.

Review

Director

  • Stefan MUGGLI

    Born in 1984 in Zürich. Studying in Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK). Co-founder of Instantview production company in 2007. Recently, freelance filmmaker, producer and lecturer.  Breathing Underwater – The Second Life of Dr. Nils Jent (2011)​ 

  • Andri HINNEN

    Born in 1985. BA in International Affairs, MA studies in Strategy and International Management, University of St. Gallen. Co-founder of Instantview production company with Stefan Muggli. Works as independent filmmaker and journalist.  Breathing Underwater – The Second Life of Dr. Nils Jent (2011)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerStefan MUGGLI, Andri HINNEN
  • Cinematography Mike KRISHNATREYA, Stefan MUGGLI
  • Editor Stefan MUGGLI, Andri HINNEN
  • Sound Toni GENOVESE, Ueli WURTH

Production Company

Production Company  Instantview Zollikerstrasse 44, 8008 Zürich

Tel  41 79 483 90 90

E-mail  uwa@instantview.ch​