Did you know that up until the 1970s women in Switzerland were not allowed the right to vote? And that traditional family structures still dominate modern Swiss society?

Who pays the bills? Who looks after the children? Do women raise better kids than men? Are men destined to have a career? Why do we think like this? Why are outdated family roles still so deeply rooted in our society?

An intimate and thought provoking look at the struggles and the triumphs of three Swiss families that makes you question social archetypes on a universal level.

  • Verena Endtner
  • Verena Endtner
  • Dan Riesen
    Lucky Devils
  • Maja Brönnimann & Theo Känzig
    Key Cast
  • Sandro & Olivia Bucher
    Key Cast
  • Kathrin & Martin Könitzer
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Von der Rolle
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    520,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Swiss German
  • Shooting Format:
    2K DCP
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Distribution Information
  • Aloco GmbH, SRF
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Verena Endtner

Verena Endtner was born 1975 in Switzerland. She completed her Masters at the University of Bern majoring in Biology. Later she studied film at the London International Film School and the Vancouver Film School where she graduated in Documentary Filmmaking.

She has worked in different positions for Swiss National Television (SRF) and for international TV corporations, such as the BBC.

In 2004 she, together with Dan Riesen, founded the film production firm ALOCO which is based in Bern, Switzerland. They focus on social and environmental documentaries.

She is the mother of a 10 year old boy.

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Director Statement

"You can become anything you want!" - with this awareness I grew up.
The first generation of girls, who have been accustomed from an early age to have all opportunities open, just as natural as the boys, are now experiencing the first years of their careers. However, for many young women and men, the phase of unlimited opportunities ends with the birth of the first child. Immediately, the old role models return.

Like many of my childless colleagues, I also lived a self-determined life. Equality in job and partnership was taken for granted. It was clear to me that this wouldn’t change with offspring.
Today, when I look at friends and acquaintances, the conclusion is sobering:
Barely a couple with children I know, is sharing housework and job-work in their partnership. No matter who works how much,
in private life, it’s still the woman who runs the house and the mother remains the primary caregiver for the children. Does it really have to be this way, even in 2019? Is the biological fact, that women give birth to children, enough, to cement the traditional role? Regardless of their individual skills and desires?

Although men in Switzerland say they want to work part time, only one out of 10 actually reduces their workload. Women expect commitments from their partners in every aspect of life. But equality of work in the relationship is still far off. It's time for that to change. This means that women must give up their omnipresence in household and childcare and that men claim their fair share housework too.

With the film "Disordered" I would like to invite people to not just accept deadlocked role models, but to question them and test self-determined family models.