15 BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2015 : Evaporating Borders Makes The List

Thoughtful and lyrical...Radivojevic’s film is a valiant call for a new way of thinking.

 - Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

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. Handler, Film Threat

“The 73-minute-long film... is an idiosyncratic piece — a visually rich set of scenes and anecdotes musing on the moral, political and logistical challenges posed by immigration. Some sections implicitly ponder broader issues related to compassion, identity, xenophobia and us-them thinking.”

 -  Celia Wren,  The Washington Post

What will stand are the personal visions that boldly express a point-of-view that is extreme, outlandish, dark, and/or completely original...Here are some of the highlights that marked the arrival of strong new voices that have the courage to challenge themselves and their audiences.

- Mike S. Ryan, Hammer To Nail 

More so, the voiceover—reminiscent of Chris Marker’s masterful cine-essay Sans Soleil—seems both inside and outside the moment, an elegy and a prayer.

- Jesse Klein, Hammer To Nail

Radivojevic’s even hand and eye for intriguing cinematography contributes to the arduous process of bonding the diverse expanse of humanity.

- Jessi Cape, Austin Chronicle

Through its five chapters full of gentle, honest and simple images, Radivojevic’s story manages to transcend the most thoughtful, and even the most lyrical, aspect of a subject that does not usually have room to accommodate delicacy of any kind.

  - David Gonzalez, Cineuropa

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- Christopher Campbell, Nonfics

On the whole, this film has more in common with Michael Glawogger’s Workingman’s Death in terms of its five-part structure plus a poetic coda, as well as the filmmaker’s uncanny ability to find the cinematic beauty in everyday surroundings, than with a “purer” essay film like Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil.

- Kristi Kouchakji, Art Threat

It highlights each of us in our tendency to alienate the unknown ‘other’ and value our own comfort zone over the rights of others. It is only through creative and courageous film makers like Radiojevic that issues such as this are brought to the attention of the masses.
One thing that the film does is advocate for the process of self-reflection...
If one person recognizes themselves in the film and has a transformative experience, that alone renders the film successful. From there we can create ripples.

 - Interview with Film Society of Lincoln Center, FilmLinc

Evaporating Borders is one of the most moving films on displacement and migration I’ve seen.

- Manori Ravindran, Real Screen

I was interested in cinematic expression with emotional potential...

- Interview by Danielle Lurie, Women of SXSW : Filmmaker Magazine

Who is talked about, how and by whom? This is a very important question.

- Interview by Sara Salovaara, 5 Questions by Filmmaker Magazine

To make a film without blaming or victimizing and instead convey a certain point to the viewer in which they can have a transformative experience, a self-reflective moment.

- Interview by Melissa Silverstein, SXSW Women Directors by IndieWire

I wanted to be as transparent as possible about who the narrator is and where they are coming from. Knowing that, the viewer can make their own assessment about what they are seeing. It was important for me not to blame or victimize and instead turn that questioning inward, self-reflect, and consider my own participation in what I was witnessing.

- Interview with IndieWire, Women of Human Rights Watch FF

 PODCAST Interview with Iva Radivojevic at IFFR By FRED FILM RADIO

Evaporating Borders featured and Interviewed on the  BBC World News

Panel discussion : The State of Europe @ IFFR   

This somewhat philosophical approach is particularly rewarding when she herself comes to question her own frame of mind and comes to personal realisations that not only humanise the subject even further, but also end up forming questions upon the documentary genre as a whole, as well as the role of the filmmaker in general.

- Matt Micucci, Cinecola

The unlikeliest of images become potent metaphors for both this one cleft nation and the entire globalized world, from flocks of flamingoes to the darkness of the sea. Wise and incisive, Evaporating Borders is likely the most aesthetically beautiful film in the festival.

- Daniel Walber, NonFics