Züri brännt (film)

Züri brännt
Directed by Markus Sieber, Ronnie Wahli, Marcel Müller, Thomas Krempke
Release dates
Country Switzerland
Language Swiss German

Züri brännt (titled Züri brännt in English) is a 2000 Swiss documentary film directed by the Swiss filmmakers Markus Sieber, Ronnie Wahli, Marcel Müller, Thomas Krempke. Beginning on 22 January 2015, the film was shown on occasion of the Solothurn Film Festival as one of the milestones of the Swiss film history.[1]


Burning of the so-called Böögg on occasion of Sechseläuten in 2013, not the youth protests, but the same main site of the youth protests at Sechseläutenplatz on 30/31 May 1980.

Züri brännt or Opernhauskrawalle, literally meaning "Zurich is burning", is the Swiss German term and generally used for the youth protests in May 1980 in the Swiss city of the same name, a municipality in the Canton of Zurich. The further, for that time extremely high subventions, but lacking of alternative governmental cultural programs for the youth in Zurich, occurred in 1980 to the so-called Opernhauskrawall, meaning riots or protests at the Zurich Opera House (German: Opernhaus). The youth protests took place on 30/31 May 1980,[1] at the present Sechseläutenplatz square in Zurich, but also in the whole city, spreading to other municipalities of Switzerland in 1980 and again in 1980. The youth protests mark the beginning of the youth movement in Switzerland. A first political compromise was the so-called AJZ (a shorttime youth centre at the Zurich main station), and the establishment of the so-called Rote Fabrik alternative cultural centre in Wollishofen in late 1980. Rote Fabrik still exists, and claims to be one of the most important alternative cultural places in the greater Zurich urban area. The most prominent politician involved was Emilie Lieberherr, then member of the city's executive (Stadtrat) authorities.

The documentary is filmed in black and white as basing on the original material filmed at the locations of the youth protests in May 1980 and afterwards. It was aired in Swiss television SRF in May 2014.[2]



  1. 1 2 "Meilensteine der Filmgeschichte an den Solothurner Filmtagen" (in German). 10vor10. 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  2. Franz Kasperski (2015-01-16). "Der heisse Sommer 1980: "Züri brännt"" (in German). SRF Kultur. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  3. "Filmreihe zu den 50. Solothurner Filmtagen" (in German). Swiss television SRF. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2015-01-19.

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