Evaporating Borders is a visual essay on displacement and the search for identity. Told through a series of vignettes portraying the lives of political migrants on the island of Cyprus, the film explores global restrictive practices on migrating populations.
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"But for most Cypriots, the migrant is not an individual. The migrants are an amorphous body, a body we need to protect ourselves from." This quietly radical documentary, with its lovely, haunting visuals and its personal approach to political crisis, succeeds thanks to its deep insight into a timely issue. At a time when the rhetoric of hate seems ever-growing, the world needs to see this powerful film.
Fascinating. Cyprus seems a microcosm of the world and the realities and myths of the refugee experience with people fleeing war and persecution seeking help and instead meeting a bureaucracy that moves in slow motion when it moves at all, "patrons" who take advantage of them and hostile natives who see only what they want to see - mostly that most if not all refugees are lazy welfare cheats.
Considered portrait of the inward-looking nature of many Cypriots on the subject of migrants, and the lives this costs. Both lyrically and pointedly shot: one scene that stands out in memory is the official's description of migrants as all rowdy troublemakers with the visuals of several quiet women sitting calmly near the camera.
I like how Radivojevic doesn't stay objective. I like seeing/hearing how her thoughts and impressions are changed by what she sees. Because so do mine. And she brings me with her in this complicated statement about identity and acceptance.
Seyrettim. Kıbrıs, iki toplumlu bir ada. Adanın temel iki etnik grubu olan Kıbrıslı Türk ve Rumlar'ın yanı sıra, Lübnan, Suriye, Rus, Yugoslav, Musevi, İtalyan, Yunan, (1974 sonrası) Türkiyeli etnik gruplar da var. Zaten, adada ana para kaynağı, yabancılar. Turizm, off-shore bankacılık sistemi, üniversiteler, vs. Kıbrıs, Yabancılar olmasa zaten ada ekonomisi yürümeyecek. Bunu bir kenara yazalım.
I really appreciated the framing, sound design and the effort to be objective as possible beside the fact Iva growned up there. Editing is clever. Great contrast between the beauty of Cyprus and the sickness of the crisis that the country is walking through.
The cinematography by Giorgos Ioannou is exquisite, and the political and social issues could not be more relevant. However it is apparent that this film is a master's thesis, and in places it loses its way.
The narration takes the easy path into the passive voice; the refugees are taken advantage of, exploited, trafficked. The film omits the active role of the various mafias in running the refugee 'business'.
To be a political artist in Europe today necessitates tearing down borders.
After twenty minutes I didn't get all the fuss around this film. The cinematography was decidedly patchy and gave the stench of a student film about a very important subject. But like the birds Radivojevic consistently returns to, this one gradually took off and left me stunned by the end.