Evaporating Borders

Iva Radivojevic, 73 min, USA, Cyprus.

An essay in five parts, Evaporating Borders is guided by the filmmaker’s curious eye and personal reflections. Through people she encounters along the way, it dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus: an exile from Iraq is denied asylum within 15 minutes; neo-nazi fundamentalists roam the streets; activists organize an antifascist rally; 195 migrants drown in the Mediterranean. Evaporating Borders investigates the effects of large-scale immigration on the sense of national identity in one of the easiest ports of entry into Fortress Europe. Poetically photographed and rendered, the film passionately weaves themes of tolerance, identity and belonging.