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EVAPORATING BORDERS, a film by Iva Radivojevic

EVAPORATING BORDERS, a film by Iva Radivojevic

From Executive Producer Laura Poitras

Best Feature: Chicago Underground Film Festvial; DOKU Fest; DOCLISBOA; FIFG Coup De Coeur Du Jury, One World Media Award for Refugee Reporting
Nominations: Student Documentary Award Nominee, IDA; Spotlight Award Nominee, Cinema Eye Honors
Official Selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam; HotDocs; SXSW

Evaporating Borders is one of the most moving films on displacement and migration I’ve seen.
Manori Ravindran, Real Screen


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“Rarely are there films as timely, acutely on point and deeply felt to the bone as Iva Radivojevic’s poetic personal essay capturing the plight and resilience of Muslim immigrants facing hateful resistance. Radivojevic’s highly rational documentary is a stirring metaphor for highly irrational times.”
– Professor Howard Rosenberg, USC School of Cinema and Media Studies

Evaporating Borders develops a sweeping visual essay on global restrictive attitudes toward migrating populations. Guided by the filmmaker’s curious eye and personal reflections, the film dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus. Through a series of vignettes, it poetically weaves themes of migration, tolerance, identity and belonging.


“In the wake of the refugee crisis, the relevance of Evaporating Borders is even more pronounced, both as a work of visual ethnography and as a provocation towards collective action… The ‘migratory aesthetics’ is not devoid of or exempted from making a political intervention; it achieves its intervention by reflecting on the specificities of the political act of using moving images to move viewers towards ‘others’ who are on the move.”
– Professor Anikó Imre,  Chair of Cinema and Media Studies at the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California.

“Aesthetically, I’ve never seen such magnificent cinematography in a documentary…Equally impressive is Radivojevic’s skill in driving her message home…Evaporating Borders is a must-see movie and its filmmaker is a highly sensitive rarity, with the great ability to open our eyes and change the world.”
 Amy R. HandlerFilm Threat

“One of the 5 Best Documentaries we saw at 2014 SXSW Film Festival””
Christopher Campbell, Nonfics

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DIRECTOR BIO: Iva Radivojevic is a Brooklyn based filmmaker who spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. Her films have screened at New York Film Festival, SXSW, Rotterdam IFF, HotDocs, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), PBS, New York Times Op-Docs. She is the recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011 and 2012 Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship and was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Her debut feature length documentary Evaporating Borders, has received numerous awards worldwide, was nominated for an International Documentary Association (IDA) Award, a Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award and received One World Media Award for Refugee Reporting. Her newest work Notes From The Border was commissioned for the launch of Field of Vision, a new documentary unit founded by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook. Follow what she’s up to at www.ivaasks.com.

MADE WITH SUPPORT FROM: Independent Filmmakers Project, Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, Princess Grace Awards, NYWIFT


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