Crossing borders in Rotterdam

Article published on Feb. 3, 2010
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Article published on Feb. 3, 2010
Borders of all sorts are erected and torn down in films currently playing in the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In the Spectrum section comes maybe its most straightforward example, Jaroslav Vojtek’s documentary The Border, which looks at the village of Slemence, which was cut in two after WWII, with half becoming part of Czechoslovakia, with the other half going to Ukraine.
The villagers, of ethnic Hungarian descent, could only visit their relatives and neighbours on the side after obtaining a special visa in a town 150 kilometres away.

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