Walls: Breaking the Wall


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In 1989, certain far-reaching and historically significant events took place. One of the symbols of these events is the fall of the Berlin Wall, just around this time, 30 years ago. When the Soviet Union disappeared from the world map and the fences and mine fields were cleared away from the borders that used to divide Europe, the air was full of optimism. The anxiety experienced during the Cold War was replaced by visions of freedom, democracy, and free-market economy. Within a few years, the majority of EU countries adopted a shared currency, and crossing the borders in continental Europe
became a breeze.

Today, walls are once again being built in Europe and in other parts of the world. Voters favour parties and representatives that are openly nationalist, even racist. Both Europe and the rest of the world have become wealthier, but this wealth is increasingly in the pockets of the few.

Can we analyse the world of 30 years ago through cinema? What are the paths that have led us here, and can films help us better understand today’s world?

These three programmes present films that shed light on what the world was like back in the 1980s, what happened then, and what it is like to live in a world of new walls and fences. Most likely, these films alone cannot provide suitable solutions to our problems, but perhaps they will make us think and offer new perspectives and, amidst the difficulties, some humour and hope.

A previous version of Walls was screened at Tampere Film Festival, March 2019.

Jukka-Pekka Laakso & Christoffer Olofsson


One inside, one outside. One thin line that creates “us” and “them”. Once again, the importance of borders has a huge impact in Europe. Yesterday it was all about free movement. Today it´s about controlled borders. And walls and fences have become the norm.

SWEDEN 2017. 14 min. DIRECTION: Frans Huhta












This footage was filmed in 2014 and 2015 in the graveyard for refugee boats on the Italian island of Lampedusa. It is a story about how the value of garbage and rubbish can surprisingly change.

FINLAND/ITALY 2016. 10 min. DIRECTION: Jan Ijäs


Alpar has his first day of work at the border between Hungary and Serbia. Stationed there to save his country from refugees, he is confronted with the reality of being a border guard and is forced to adapt to the merciless customs.

GERMANY 2018. 13 min. DIRECTION: Borbála Nagy


This is an investigative documentary about the treatment of the refugees and migrants caught by the Hungarian police when trying to cross the border. The direct and intimate interviews also convey the harsh living conditions in which they survive in Serbia while awaiting an opportunity to enter the EU.

SPAIN 2018. 19 min. DIRECTION: Jaime Alekos


A film about patriotism, tourism, and emigration. The girl lives in a gray, isolated country, enclosed by a huge wall. She has never travelled anywhere, but all her life she has dreamt of leaving forever for a perfect world called “Abroad”.

SERBIA/SLOVAK REPUBLIC 2018. 9 min. DIRECTION: Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak Jr.


In Belfast, Northern Ireland, 99 walls separate Catholic and Protestant boroughs, despite some 20 years of peace since the 1998 Agreement. Over these two decades, nearly 50 new walls have been built.

CANADA 2017. 5 min. DIRECTION: Martin Bureau


Statues can die, too. Or, as shown here, they can be cleared away from their public sites in an act of liberation. After the political upheaval in 2013, the filmmaker embarked on a journey through Ukraine, travelling to diverse settings to document the fall of now-incriminated statues of Lenin. Leninopad, or “Leninfall” –a term coined to describe the systematic toppling of monuments to the revolutionary leader– was the most visible manifestation of the state-instituted process of “decommunization” introduced in Ukraine by government decree in May of 2015.

AUSTRIA 2017. 22 min. DIRECTION: Anna Jermolaewa


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