SXSW Film Review: 'Evaporating Borders'
An island's fractured culture offers microcosmic view
By Jessi Cape,
9:40AM, Wed. Mar. 12, 2014
Real-life stories fuel essential conversations about humanity in an increasingly globalized world.
The aesthetically idyllic, tourist-reliant Mediterranean island of Cyprus is also a tumultuous amalgamation of immigrant cultures. Its turmoil is catalyzed by longstanding regional political and social unrest. Director, screenwriter, and cinematographer, Iva Radivojevic – born in Yugoslavia, raised in Cyprus – examines concepts of identity and inequality in this artful, contemplative documentary.
Poetic, stream-of-consciousness narration enhances the beautiful visual essay; its structure – five chapters – serves to efficiently organize a complicated story of shifting borders and cultural paradigms. Rooted in personal experience, observations of the stark realities of discrimination and intolerance are revealed in individual portrayals of migrant experiences, ranging from those seeking asylum to clashes between activist antifascists and neo-nazi fundamentalists.
The slow-to-boil film tends toward stoicism where a more emotional edge might allow a deeper audience connection to the true, and difficult, story of migrant lives. Still, Radivojevic’s even hand and eye for intriguing cinematography contributes to the arduous process of bonding the diverse expanse of humanity.
Visions, North American Premiere
Wednesday, March 12, 4:30pm, Alamo Slaughter
Thursday, March 13, 1:30pm, Alamo Ritz