Call Me Intern
Dir. Nathalie Berger, Leo David Hyde / Switzerland, New Zealand / 2019 / 67’ / Polish premiere
Directors: Nathalie Berger, Leo David Hyde
Cinematography: Nathalie Berger, Leo David Hyde
Editing: Nathalie Berger, Leo David Hyde
Sound: Tihomir Vrbanec
Producers: Nathalie Berger, Laure Gabus
Production: Collective Bièvre, Reportage
World sales: Berta Film
Young, unemployed and frustrated, filmmakers David and Nathalie set out to land an internship so they can examine the system from the inside in an act of millenial gonzo-filmmaking. After David accepts an internship at the United Nations, they move into a small blue tent on the Geneva lakefront and begin documenting his unpaid intern experience. Their action sparks a global press storm, challenging their roles as filmmakers. Meanwhile, Marisa works for a US presidential election campaign, while fending off harassment from her supervisors. Kyle interns for a Fortune 500 company, while living in a New York homeless shelter. Each of these interns faces a choice: accept the system the way it is or put their careers on the line to speak out against it. Their actions help give visibility and strength to a growing global intern movement. Their journeys reveal the pressures which lead so many millennials to work for free while pop-culture extracts and testimonies from academics, politicians and employers give us a sense of how wide the internship phenomenon has spread.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Doc Edge (Best New Zealand Documentary, Best New Zealand Editing), Valletta Film Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming), GZDOC Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, NFFTY Film Festival, Valletta Film Festival, FIFDH Film Festival, Salt Spring Film Festival
Nathalie Berger completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2014 at Duke University (USA) in Political Science and Photography. She embarked on her first documentary short in 2015 (“The Cost of Care”), analyzing the Volunteer Tourism Industry in Kenya. She worked three years for the Solar Impulse Foundation from 2015 to 2018 as an audiovisual content producer and writer. “Call Me Intern” is her first feature documentary film, co-directed by Leo David Hyde. Since 2018, she is doing a Master of Arts in Film at the University of Arts in Zurich with a focus in Documentary Filmmaking.
Leo David Hyde
Leo David Hyde is a filmmaker and youth activist from Aotearoa, New Zealand. He has worked on a variety of media campaigns, journalism and film production for NGOs and media. He recently completed work on a 12-part documentary series for Public Services International, examining the work and challenges of public service workers across the world.