Didi Contractor – Marrying the Earth to the Building

Switzerland | 2016 | 81 min
English, German, Hindi | Subtitles in English
Author: Steffi Giaracuni
Cinematography: Maria Rank
Sound mixing: Bernhard Leimbrock
Editing: Britta Kastern
Sound: Senso
Composer: Nico Contesse, Fatima Dunn


Presented in partnership with SWISS FILMS and Provencher_Roy

North American Premiere

Spotlight: Country – Switzerland. At the foot of the Himalayas, in North-East India, Didi Contractor dreams of drawing and draws dreams. At 86, the highly-skilled architect has passionately intertwined, for the last 20 years, concepts that do not always correspond to her employers’ expectations. Mixing traditional and modern architecture, her installations are made out of clay, bamboo, slate, or even cobblestone, a testimony to her respect for nature. Still working day and night, she puts on paper the broad lines behind her ideas, drawn in perfect proportion, in order to create durable architectural pieces both in terms of ecology and economy. This Swiss documentary introduces us to an inspiring woman whose work brings in students from around the globe who wish to discover her unique way of rethinking architecture. A communion between land and lodging.


Steffi Giaracuni

Steffi Giaracuni is born in Heiligenstadt, Germany. She studied Media Design at the Bauhaus University, Weimar, and Documentary Film with focuse on camera at the Zelig School for Documentary, Television, and New Media in Bolzano, Italy. Since 2006, she lives and works in Bale, where she repeatedly realizes documentary film projects as director, editor, camera operator, and producer. Didi Contractor – Marrying the Earth to the Building is her first full-length documentary as a director and producer.
Filmography | Zwischen Kommen und Gehen (2011) ; Brüder (2007) ; Nelken für Reisch (2003).

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Screenings playing this movie

Centre Canadien d’Architecture – Théâtre Paul-Desmarais / Canadian Centre for Architecture – Paul-Desmarais Theatre
Screening # 26
Presented by Provencher_Roy + Swiss Films + DeSerres