Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

Film Series: Evaporating Borders (2014)

 

We are happy to announce that award winning Evaporating Borders (Cert 15), directed by Iva Radivojevic, will be our next film screening, taking place on Wednesday 19th November to coincide with International Day of Tolerance.

Evaporating Borders Choice B

The title “Evaporating Borders” corresponds to the idea that the erosion of boundaries and borders (both physical and metaphoric) defamiliarize the narratives of selfhood through which identities take shape and reproduce themselves. The flow of populations, commodities and information is associated with loss of traditions, memories and histories. This poses a threat to national identity and translates to discrimination, prejudice, and intolerance. What is apparent in Cyprus is emblematic of hierarchical racial structures around the world, looking to cultures and peoples outside Western borders from a position of superiority.

By challenging the narratives of selfhood, the film proposes a search for broader harmonic relationships; inviting the viewer to delink from preconceived, culturally engrained paradigms that color the way we interact with the people and environment around us.

Evaporating Borders choice A

Iva Radivojevic is of Croation and Serbian descent, and was born in then-Yugoslavia but moved to Cyprus when she was 12. At 18 she moved to New York, studying illustration and then 3D animation at Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with a master’s degree from Hunter.  She describes  Evaporating Borders as a “visual essay of five parts” about political refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus. “But that’s the surface story,” she says. It’s really about “belonging, identity, how we interact with people based on our identities, and what happens when we disengage from those paradigms. It’s more poetic and questioning than journalistic. I let the characters I meet along the way — actual migrants and then the Cypriots, whether they are neo-Nazis or activists.”  

You can find her blog to see more of Iva’s work. 

And you can watch the trailer here.

This screening has been made possible with the support of The Equality and Diversity Unit at the University of Glasgow.

Doors open at 5.30pm. Screenings start at 6.00pm.

As usual, screenings are free and welcome to all (age restrictions apply) To guarantee a seat, tickets can be booked by visiting the CCA website or by calling +44 (0)141 352 4900.

Tickets must be collected from the CCA Box Office by 5.45pm, otherwise they will be released back into the system.

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