Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cut in two

"Portraits de frontières", Idfabrik, TV 5 monde
Kapikule (between Turkey and Bulgaria), Terespol (between Poland and Belarus), Vaalimaa (between Finland and Russia): These regions have one thing in common: their proximity to the EU border.

"Frontier portraits" ("Portraits de frontières", Idfabrik, TV 5 monde) is an interactive, multi-language documentary offering video portraits of people living near the border. "Normal people have a horizon of 360 degrees", one of the protagonists says. "Here at the border mine is limited to 180 degrees". The portraits are nicely embedded into panoramic photos and interactive maps, but the impressive part is the touching videos of people telling stories of a tough life cut in two by borders of many kinds.

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