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Moving images

Some time ago a child described to me film (TV) as a box with running images.

I like to see capturing images in motion as such: showing a world full of change, beauty and drama. 




alegria - a humanitarian expedition

Alegria tells the story of an epic solo expedition across the Himalaya that changed the life of hundreds of people in need. Supporting leprosy patients and mentally destitute women in India. Christoph von Toggenburg cycled 3200km on the world’s highest tracks pulling a 40kg trailer packed with survival gear. With little air to breathe and facing temperatures between -15°C to +45°C he crossed mountain passes higher than 5500m mastering a total of 50’000m, Christoph fell altitude sick and was hit by rock fall.

Crossing Nepal during the Maoist unrests, conflict stricken Kashmir, encountered wonderful hospitality, found new friends, and saw some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. 

He became film-maker, actor, fund- and awareness-raiser in one person capturing this epic adventure entirely by himself. Alegria has won more than 40 international film awards, was shown in more than 50 countries and translated into seven languages.



Adel Verpflichtet

Ein Film von Nathalie Richter - Kamera Frank Messmer - 30 min.

Auf dem Fahrrad 9300 km allein von Indien bis in die Schweiz, durch Wüsten, Sandstürme, quälende Hitze: Christoph von Toggenburg (27) meisterte diese Herausforderung in sechs Monaten. Doch Abenteuerlust war nicht sein einziger Ansporn: Der Adelsspross sammelte dank dieser Tour mehr als 100.000 Euro für Leprakranke. Nun ist der Lebenskünstler wieder nach Indien gereist, um zu sehen, was seine Spenden bewirken konnten. Nathalie Richter hat ihn begleitet und erzählt die Geschichte eines ungewöhnlichen jungen Menschen und seiner spannenden Reise zu sich selbst.

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Bike for Help

On the first of January 2002, 25 year old Christoph von Toggenburg started off to a unique adventure: Starting fom New Delhi, he cycled alone to Switzerland in order to collect donations and raise awareness for leprosy-sufferers. Within five months he covered nearly 10'000 km, passing through 7 countries, including 4000kms of desert, sand-storms, and unbearable heat and cold. He saw some of the most beautiful landscapes as well as terrible misery. He faced mortal fears and moments of unlimited hapiness. For him, it was one of the greatest adventures: to show that one single person can stand up and help. (Text: Nathalie Richter)

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