Evaporating Borders

Evaporating Borders
Director: Iva Radivojevic

Cyprus, USA, 2014, documentary, 73 mins., greek, english, arabic with lithuanian subtitles, N-13

Evaporating Borders, the newest documentary from Iva Radivojevic, is a visual essay in five parts about the contemporary migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. 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. Originally from Yugoslavia and an immigrant to Cyprus, Iva Radivojevic investigates the contingency of contemporary identity and 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 the themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging.


2015 – One World Media award – Refugee Reporting, Best Feature award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival (USA).
2014 - RTP Award for Best Investigation Film, DocLisboa (Portugal), Best Balkan Documentary award at DokuFEST (Kosovo), Coup de Coeur Du Jury award at FIFIG (France).

About the director:

Iva Radivojevic is a film director born in 1980, in Belgrade, then the Yugoslavian Republic. After spending her early years both in Yugoslavia and Cyprus, she then settled in New York City. Radivojevic‘s films have screened at numerous film festivals including the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Rotterdam International Film Festival, HotDocs, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. She also works as an editor: her edited and co-edited features have been showcased at the Venice International Film Festival and won the Best Editing award at the Tribeca film festival in New York. Her debut feature length documentary Evaporating Borders has received and been nominated for numerous human rights and documentary awards worldwide. Radivojevic is currently making a film based on Jorge Luis Borges‘s short story Aleph.

Section: Ocean for Earthly Survival

Screenplay: Iva Radivojevic

Dir. of Photography: Iva Radivojevic