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190 Ratings

Evaporating Borders

Directed by Iva Radivojevic
United States, Serbia, 2014


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.

Evaporating Borders Directed by Iva Radivojevic

Awards & Festivals

Doclisboa International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Investigations (Prémio RTP)

International Documentary Association

2014 | Nominee: David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award

What are people saying?

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film Evaporating Borders

    Beautiful. Cyprus is beautiful, and the cinematography, and the words... And it's revealing to see this global crisis of migrant injustice from the perspective of that concentrated microcosm. But most beautiful was getting to see my truth - usually typed out in heated comments, chanted in slogans, bound by ugly necessity - expressed as art. Ideas meant to soar. Thoughtful; urgent; sincere. #NoOneIsIllegal 3.75

  • Rice Dream Girl's rating of the film Evaporating Borders

    "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.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Evaporating Borders

    Every facet of this film is beautifully made. For me the most poignant moment comes at the beginning of the 3rd chapter. Entitled Fear's Invention, it begins with a static shot of fresh fruits and vegetables to reveal a market colorful with people and produce. As we gaze upon the bounty, Radivojevic avers, "At all markets the free flow of capital is celebrated, the free flow of the world's citizens, not so much."

  • David R Williams's rating of the film Evaporating Borders

    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.

  • siobhantebbs's rating of the film Evaporating Borders

    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.

  • George B's rating of the film Evaporating Borders

    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.

  • Makinist Klitorist's rating of the film Evaporating Borders

    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.

  • hgmz's rating of the film Evaporating Borders

    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.

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