Thursday, 31.03.2016, at 8pm
bi’bakino #08 investigates with Iva Radivojević’s feature film debut the effects of immigration on the sense of national identity in one of the easiest ports of entry into “Fortress Europe”. Evaporating Borders offers a series of vignettes, poetically guided by the filmmaker’s curious eye and personal reflections. Through the people she encounters along the way, the film dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus: A PLO activist and exile from Iraq is denied asylum within 15 minutes; neo-Nazi fundamentalists roam the streets in an attack on Muslim migrants; activists and academics organize an antifascist rally and clash with the neo-Nazis; 195 migrants drown in the Mediterranean. Poetically photographed, the film passionately weaves together the themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging.
Iva Radivojević was born in 1980 in Yugoslavia and had to migrate in her early years to Cyprus before settling in NYC. Her debut feature length documentary Evaporating Borders has received numerous awards worldwide, including One World Media Award for Refugee Reporting.
Directed by Iva Radivojević
USA/Cyprus, 2014, 73 min, Original w/ English subtitles